Make a New Year’s Resolution and Stick to It

New Year, New You

It’s the New Year! And with that comes many New Year’s Resolutions. It’s the time where everyone (well almost everyone) decides it’s time to be a better person, achieve a goal, or stop a negative behavior. While I think you shouldn’t wait until a new year to change for the better, the New Year does give some people that extra push and reason to start fresh.

Last year, my 1st goal was to pay off my car early. I am so excited to say that I did just that and more! Β All together, I paid off nearly 12K of debt! This year, I plan to achieve more! More on that in another post, so make sure to subscribe and follow me to find out how!

New Year's Resolution

What is a Resolution?

By definition, it’s a firm decision to do or not do something. Usually, around the new year, a resolution is made to better oneself such as lose weight, eat healthy, or start exercising. New Year’s Resolutions are hard to keep and achieve, especially for an entire year. According to Statistic Brain Research Insitute, approximately 9% people will achieve their New Year’s Resolution. Only 9! Why? It’s because they choose a resolution or even multiple resolutions with out a plan. It’s like quitting something cold turkey, some people with very strong will power can do it but most fallout at about 6 months or less.

How do you make a Resolution and stick to it?

To answer this, you’ll need to make a SMART resolution. I learned this in nursing school and I’ve applied it to any goal I make, whether it be for myself and family or for my patients. I will use an example of one of my resolutions for this year.

Your resolution needs to be Specific- Limit screen time (including phone, tablet and television

Your resolution needs to be measurable- Limit screen time (including phone, tablet and television) to no more than ONE hour per day at least 5 days a week

Your resolution needs to be achievable – I am not eliminating screen time completely, I am just decreasing what we already do. So my goal is achievable and attainable.

Your resolution needs to be Relevant- According to the American Acedemy of Pediatrics, the new limit for screen time between ages 2-5 is one hour per day or less. There are so many benefits for limiting screen time!

Timely- I plan to achieve this goal before the end of 2017

Now that you have a SMART goal, you’ll need to make a plan in order to achieve it. For me, I’m going to take on monthly challenges to limit screen time. Cutting your Resolution into smaller monthly goals will set you up for success. For January, I’ll begin with a No Tech Thursday. Each week for one month, I’ll fill my kids time with activities other than the tablet and my phone. Next month, I’ll take on a challenge where I will limit one show per week. If they watch 5 shows per day, they will be allowed to watch 4 shows each day for one week, 3 shows per day for the next week, and so forth. I will continue to challenge myself and my kids each month in order to achieve this long-term resolution. Then, I will be successful. I find that breaking a goal into smaller segments puts you at a greater chance to continue and stick with your goal.

If your resolution is to eat healthy, think about giving up soda for one month, no pastries the next month, more veggies the next month, ect. Small victories give you the motivation to keep going and make your ultimate resolution seem much more attainable.

People must realize that most resolutions are lifestyle changes. It will take time to develop.

What is your New Year’s Resolution?

What is your New Year’s Resolution? And how do you plan on achieving it? Leave a comment below or follow me on Facebook or Instagram to let us know!

Also Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @diytified where I’ll be posting my No technology Thursday activities once a week!

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