Following through with New Year’s resolutions can be tough for a multitude of reasons: Lack of motivation. Setting goals that are a little too ambitious. Life.
According to a University of Scranton study cited by Statistic Brain, 36% of people don’t see their resolutions through past January.
At the very least, however, trying to make a change is better than not bothering at all. Folks who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than people who don’t set any.
We at Knock are all about helping people simplify their lives and find peace of mind. To help you start the new year off on the right foot, we’ve compiled some of the top resolutions and some tips on how to achieve them. Take a look:
1. Get in shape.
If you’ve ever stepped foot in a gym on the first week of the new year, you’ve seen just how popular this resolution is. Avid gym-goers know that as people get less motivated, the crowds will disperse more and more as each week goes by.
How can you become one of those people that sees this resolution through to the very end?
- Be specific about your goal. Telling yourself, “I want to get in shape in 2017” isn’t very helpful. Instead, tell yourself, “I want to eat clean five days per week,” or “I want to lose 10 pounds.” Associating your resolution with a measurable goal will help you achieve it faster.
- Join a group fitness class. Classes like SoulCycle, Orangetheory and Pure Barre are popular for a reason. People who go report that they feed off the collective energy of the group, and it pushes them to work hard.
- Work out in the comfort of your own home. Set up a small workout station at home. Pop in a DVD or play a YouTube video that will guide you through a workout. Ask a friend or family member to join you. Trust us, that whole accountability thing works!
2. Save more and spend less.
We’re not going to sit here and tell you that you’ll get rich if you stop buying a latte at Starbucks every morning.
But it does help.
Oftentimes, when we spend more it’s because we’re spending on convenience. So, think about ways you can work a little harder to spend less money and put it toward your savings. One example that jumps out is ordering out. It’s convenient to order takeout every other night … but it’s also pretty expensive.
If you’ve put time into organizing a beautiful kitchen, take advantage of it. Prep meals for the week on Sunday evenings, so you’re not at a loss for what to eat come Wednesday. (This is a double bonus because if you cook from scratch, it’ll also work toward getting in shape.)
Around the house, you can install LED light bulbs, become hip to that cord-cutting lifestyle, and more. Calculate the savings, however small they may be, and apply them to your bank account!
3. Stay organized.
This is an easy one for us: We subscribe to the Marie Kondo method of decluttering. If an item no longer brings you joy, it’s time to get rid of it.
The less stuff you own, the easier it is to keep your house tidy.
Turn your bedroom into your ideal space for getting peaceful sleep. Get more rest. Take bubble baths. Paint one of your walls a peaceful color. Listen to some calming music. Take long walks around your neighborhood.
Making time for yourself is difficult, especially if you have children at home. But, you have to make a commitment to your sanity here. Do something that brings you joy for at least 30 minutes each evening.
5. Spend more time with family and friends.
If Sheryl Sandberg can make this resolution work, you can too. The Facebook COO famously leaves work every day at 5:30 p.m. to make it home in time to have dinner with her children. You should be able to do the same.
We often use work as an excuse as to why we can’t make time for our loved ones, but it is 2017 and we literally have the world at our fingertips. If you need to catch up on work, you can most certainly do so after dinner or later on in the evening.