How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

How to Stick to Your New Years Resolutions

Sarah Rothman, Writer

As we enter the last month of 2022, you are likely thinking about what you want to improve about yourself in the new year. Using your planner, going to the gym, or having a consistent bedtime – These are all great goals. However, most people have trouble keeping up with their resolutions. If you are like me and are looking for ways to stay motivated, here are some tips on becoming a better version of yourself. 

   

Apps

An innovation that has recently been on the rise is self-care and “to-do list” apps. This new tool is handy because it can send notifications to your phone, reminding you to keep up with your intended habits. However, if one of your resolutions is to use your phone less, this method may not be ideal. For Apple users, Reminders already has features where you can receive notifications at a certain time each day, but if you lack the motivation to complete the reminder, there are more complex apps available. One that I highly recommend is the self-care app, Finch. When you first open the app, you hatch a baby finch that grows up as you complete your goals. You can also earn “gems” in the app which can be exchanged for clothes and decorations for your bird and its home. If that does not quite spark your interest and you crave something simpler, Done may be the one that gets you on the right track in 2023. There, you will find a pleasing and colorful interface and a simpler, more typical representation of a “to-do list.” You can track both daily and weekly goals, and see a summary of your progress across multiple tasks.

 

Accountability Partners

A productive way to keep up with some goals is to complete them with a friend. Some friendly competition may supply you with the extra motivation you need to reach your goals. For instance, you can schedule weekly gym trips with a friend, or see who can drink more ounces of water each day. For competitive people, this is a great way to stay driven. Even if you do not enjoy competition, merely working towards your goals with a friend can make the process more enjoyable. Additionally, you have someone other than yourself to hold you accountable.

 

Rewarding Yourself

At times, humans can seem overly complicated, but at the end of the day, we are quite simple. Something as straightforward as giving yourself a TV break or a piece of candy may be enough to get you up and running. You could grant yourself smaller rewards each time you complete your goal, or await a larger prize after a long period of consistent effort. To try this method, simply pick an item or activity that you enjoy to stay motivated.

 

With these three tips, you can stay motivated and become the best version of yourself in the upcoming new year!