Tis the season. If you’re setting some goals for 2017, here are some ways to achieve them – straight from the National Health Service.
Top 10 goal-setting tips for the New Year.
1. Make only one resolution. Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour.
2. Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to choose your resolution. Take some time out a few days before and think about what you want to achieve.
3. Avoid previous resolutions. Deciding to revisit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment.
4. Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life.
5. Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based.
6. Tell your friends and family about your goals. You’re more likely to get support and want to avoid failure.
7. To stay motivated, make a checklist of how achieving your resolution will help you.
8. Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, which will help to motivate you and give you a sense of progress.
9. Make your plans and progress concrete by keeping a handwritten journal, completing a computer spreadsheet or covering a notice board with graphs or pictures.
10. Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.
For fun, here are some other, micro-resolutions…
1. Take the stairs if you’re able.
2. Cook at least one meal each and every day.
3. Try using your opposite hands for basic tasks.
4. Write in a journal.
5. Play a board game (or cards) with friends every so often.
6. Listen to a podcast in a different language once a week.
7. Down 1.4 litres of water per day.
8. Doodle. For real.
9. Look people in the eye and shake hands firmly.
10. Read out loud from time to time. Yep, seriously.