5 Ways To Stick With Your New Year's Resolution

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January 1st is on the horizon, and with it comes New Year’s Resolutions. There are so many expectations for students to set goals and stick to them for the upcoming year. But let’s be honest-- a year is a long time. I can’t even remember what my resolutions were last year, so I’m going to assume that I haven’t kept them. But 2019? That’s a fresh start. With a few helpful tips, we can not only remember and meet our goals this year, but we can exceed them!

1. Keep it Real

As much as we would love to single-handedly solve world hunger as a part of our New Year’s Resolutions, we also have to commit to goals that we can realistically accomplish throughout the course of the year. Before even starting those resolutions, take some time to ask yourself if it’s something you are entirely capable of; chances are, it is! By establishing realistic goals in the first place, your resolutions will be thatmuch easier to maintain. 

2. Set Mini-Goals

Because mini versions of everything are just somuch better! But honestly, the world wasn’t made in a day and your big dreams aren’t, either! Whether you want to gain muscle, excel in your new e-board position, or get that A in organic chemistry, make sure to set reasonable mini-goals for yourself that help get you to your larger goal-- because working out or studying for 45 minutes a day seems a lot less daunting than jumping right into 3 hour sessions!

3. Hold Yourself Accountable

We love meeting goals with close friends; in fact, we encourage you to pick a buddy to create your resolutions with! Just remember that you have to be the one making sure you meet the goals you set for yourself. Invest in a planner or habit tracker, make your own bullet journal, or even start an Instagram account to show off your accomplishments! Finding ways to physically track your progress will motivate you to work even harder; honestly, nothing is more satisfying than seeing all of your resolutions come into fruition!

4. Forgiveness is Key

“Nobody’s Perfect” may be a catchy Hannah Montana song, but it’s also something to keep in the back of your mind when you’re working hard to keep your resolutions. It’s perfectly okay to slip up every once and awhile. You aren’t going to run five miles in record time on the first try. You aren’t always going to get a 100% in your classes. Progress is not linear. Remember to forgive yourself for the small mistakes, and focus on the long-term goals! Be proud of who you are at any given moment, even when it’s tough-- that optimism and self-love will help you reach your goals even sooner.

5. Reward Yourself

Donna from Parks and Rec said it best: “Treat Yo Self!!!” Once you start reaching the small goals you set for yourself, make sure you reward yourself for those achievements! Did you get an A on an exam you studied forever for? Take yourself out to froyo! Meet a fitness goal? Maybe it’s time to go shopping… might we suggest the Charles River Apparel Camden Crew for the transition from winter to spring? However you want to celebrate your successes, make sure you do it with a smile on your face. You did it!

— KATIE BICK, UNIVERSITY TEES CAMPUS MANAGER