Now that you’ve had a little experience with the New Year, it’s time to get serious about the New Year’s Resolutions you told yourself you’d make. But the question is… Did you make achievable resolutions? Or do you need a little help scaling them?
We’ve come up with a handy list of great New Year’s Resolutions you can actually keep:
The key to being healthy at any time during the year is to make many small changes.
- Eat whole grain pasta instead of white enriched flour pasta
- Make eggs and sneak in some veggies
- Eat what you want, but control portions and exercise self-control so you don’t binge
All these little things really do add up. A healthy diet is something that’s sustainable, not just a one-off program.
Sign up for a fitness event, like a run, to give yourself a goal to work towards.
Instead of a general goal with no specific dates in mind to achieve it, planning for a specific event can help you stay on track. Planning for a race means you have to think ahead. You need to work your way up to race speed and distance. It’s a good way to achieve many smaller goals (like improving a time or distance), while working up to a big one.
Another great New Year’s resolution you can actually keep in regards to fitness is to resolve to try new things. There are so many interesting new fitness concepts, especially in big cities like Chicago. Once you find something you’re excited about, it won’t be so hard to get in some more gym time.
No matter where you work, you should always be looking to improve your value.
An easy New Year’s resolution for work is to always go the extra mile on projects. Try to anticipate needs and take care of them before asked.
On a different note, you should always be trying to expand your professional network. The more people you know, the more connections you have to people who can help you land your dream job. Resolve to attend more networking events, then plan out which ones are the most important for this year (and actually go to them!).
Education is a broad topic for New Year’s resolutions. There are many ways to gain knowledge, no matter what you’re most interested in. A couple general ideas for staying sharp in 2016:
- Read a book. Not a magazine article or blog. A whole book. It’s a good way to pick up knowledge about a topic, because books can dive much deeper than a short written piece.
- Take an online class on a topic you’re curious about. The best part? No grades. Here are a couple different websites to check out:
How to hold yourself accountable
A New Year’s resolution is only as good as you make it, and how you build in support for it. Here are some easy tips to hold yourself accountable to the resolutions you’ve made for yourself:
First off, set SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. By creating resolutions in this format, you give yourself a better chance of achieving them.
Next, be sure to write out and record goals anywhere and everywhere. Post it reminders around your house help make sure you can’t forget about your resolution. You should also schedule deadlines on your calendar to stay on track.
Finally, you’ll be most successful if you try really hard to accomplish just one goal/resolution at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to focus on too many things at once.
Do any of these resolutions appeal to you? Or do you have something else in mind? Share your thoughts in the comments as your first step towards holding yourself accountable!