When the holiday buzz wears off and it’s time to get back to the grind, it’s all too easy to fold up your list of New Year’s resolutions and tuck it away in a drawer. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
We’re here to help you challenge that defeatist attitude and get the year off to running start.
Make your goals as specific as possible
Did you resolve to "read more books" or "get in shape"? Vague phrasing, and in turn, a vague mental concept of your goal, can make the process much more daunting than it has to be. Break your resolutions down into simple, manageable steps. Instead of telling yourself to read more books, resolve to read for 20 minutes before bed each day (bonus: this will likely help you get to sleep). Don’t aim to "get in shape"—choose a concrete workout schedule. Remember, every large achievement is made up of numerous small feats.
Your life is busy and full of commitments. If a habit, like cooking, reading, or working out, isn’t a regular part of your schedule, the day will not magically expand to accommodate your goals. To accomplish your resolutions, you need to schedule dedicated time. Figure out how long a particular task takes and pencil it into your agenda.
Defend your new schedule
Forming new habits is hard work. Everybody has work and family commitments they can’t avoid, but if you need to say no to a drink with a friend to keep your new workout schedule on track, don’t feel guilty about it. It’s okay to be rigorous about defending your new schedule—especially at the beginning, when habits are the hardest to stick to.
If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, don’t wait until you’ve hit that number to treat yourself. Keep your spirits up by celebrating small successes along the way, as long as your treats aren’t counterproductive to your goal.
Get enough rest
What’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make when you try to incorporate new habits into your lifestyle? Burning the midnight oil. Getting enough sleep fortifies your frontal lobe—the part of your brain responsible for willpower and complex planning. This is the first part of your brain to suffer functionality deficits when you don’t get enough rest. Go to bed at a regular time, plan to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night, and visit your local Regal Sleep Solutions if your mattress needs an upgrade.
On behalf of everybody at Regal, we wish you great success with your New Year’s resolutions!