The new year is always a great time for a fresh start. We use this as a time to refresh both our mind and bodies and set good intentions for the upcoming year. Whether the goal is a promotion at work or to eat healthier, we plan on setting ourselves up for success starting January 1st. However, as determined as we are to stick to our goals sometimes they fall to the wayside as things pick up and life gets busy again. We all fall victim to this at some point; we are only human. While maintaining our new year resolutions may seem impossible at times, there are some tips to make transitioning to our newer and healthier selves seamless and easy. In order to succeed, we need to keep ourselves motivated and working towards these goals.
No matter how big or small your resolution may be, planning ahead is the key to your success. Planning helps to remind you of your goals and makes sure that you are able to fit everything into your schedule when life gets busy. Planning ahead can be anything from inputting calendar dates, using a hand held organizer, setting reminders or alerts on your phone, etc. These small tasks take only minutes out of your day and are such a small disruption to your daily routine. Even if these seem like a nuisance at first, you will not regret them once you are feeling confident and accomplished.
At the Workplace
Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to become more productive and active in your workspace. Use a 2016 planner to help achieve this in the new year. Write down all of your deadlines and meetings to insure that you don’t miss a beat. Use this planner to make timelines for any big projects or deadlines. You will enhance your productivity this way by setting specific times for tasks and avoiding cramming or anxiety right before something is due. Before meetings, write down potential questions for discussion in order to keep yourself more engaged and involved.
In the Gym
Whether your goal is to get strong and build muscle or just get to the gym at all, planning is important. Make sure to schedule your workouts into your week so you avoid skipping them at the last minute. Have you ever regretted a workout? Probably not. Have you ever regretted not working out? Probably. This mindset will help you stay motivated to go to the gym. Set multiple alarms for early morning workouts or nightly reminder alerts for late night ones on your phone. If you’re new to the gym start slowly and build up over time. Don’t overdo it right away. That is what causes injuries. Set a goal and schedule 2-3 times per week in your calendar. Plan your workout game plan for each day. If you have set intentions in mind, you are more likely to get a better workout in rather than wandering around the gym aimlessly deciding on an exercise. This keeps your time in the gym quick and efficient.
In the Kitchen
Eating healthier is a common resolution every year. However, it can be the most challenging to stick to. Foods of convenience are usually the unhealthiest ones; vending machine snacks, cookies, or candies. Meal prep is the answer to this problem. Plan for the week ahead by setting a menu and prepping recipes on Sunday afternoon. Once the food is prepared, portion them out into single servings in tupperware. Let’s be real- no one wants to cook late at night when they get home from a long day at work. Instead when you get home, your healthy meal will already be cooked and available. This leaves less to think about at the end of the day and keeps you from ordering unhealthy takeout or eating processed frozen meals. This makes sticking to your goal completely possible!
Even if your resolution for 2016 isn’t one of the few listed above, these tips are applicable to all types of resolutions and goals for the new year. Stick to these and you will feel like your new, refreshed self in no time!