How to Keep that New Year Motivation Going

We all make plans for the new year. We’re going to go to the gym more, eat better, watch more documentaries, read more, be nicer to our siblings and so on. A new year is a great way to start over. But for many of us, after a few days (or a few months if you’re really good), things start to slide and we lose our momentum. We get caught up with work or whatever’s going on in our life and we forget to try to keep it up. We all do it – we’re human. If you want to get back on track, here are a few little things you can do to try to get back to the new, improved you:

  1. When creating your resolutions, start small. Make one big one, then one or two small ones. You’re more likely to succeed when you have one big goal to focus on and you’re less likely to feel overwhelmed.mzx2uowz-o0-luis-llerena
  2. Make a goal group. Sometimes, it’s easier to stick to goals when you’re doing it with someone. Pick a friend or two and ask them to meet you once a month. Write down one or two short-term goals and a couple of long-term goals, too. Get together and go over your goals, then try to offer suggestions of concrete ways you can accomplish them. I’ve done this in the past and having other people offer insight into how to get shit done is illuminating and helpful. Plus, you can hold each other accountable. Next month, review how you did. If you succeeded, make some new goals! If you didn’t, talk about how you can do better or what’s holding you back.
  3. Plan it out. Sometimes, writing everything down can organize a cluttered brain. A planner is a great way to organize yourself and the steps you can take to get there. I love Passion Planners because they have space to map out ideas and projects. They also have lots of inspirational quotes and spaces for work, as well as personal goals.

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  4. If you’re trying to start a new hobby, learn a new language or start a new exercise plan, make yourself a challenge. Plan to devote a little time to your practice either first thing in the morning or right before bed. Try to do it for 30 days straight. It’s a good way to challenge yourself and it gets you into a routine. Get friends on it too. That way you can reflect on your progress with each other.
  5. If you’ve lost your resolve, try something new. Take an Intro to Beekeeping course, go to a cooking class or learn a new instrument. Attend a book reading or lecture about a topic you know nothing about. You’ll learn something new and you might have fun!ihovd7yjfwe-david-schap
  6. Meditate on it. Meditation is a great way to get centered and focused. It can also make you happier and healthier, according to science! It’s also an easy habit because all you need is a clock or timer and a place to sit quietly. If you’re like me and you need some guiding, you can also use an app like Calm or Headspace.
  7. Get offline. Sometimes all that continuous scrolling can take away from time better spent reading, writing, exercising or just being. Power down from reading the news, fighting back against the trolls or reading Buzzfeed articles. Go for a walk, read a good book, talk to someone you haven’t seen in a while. Break your routine!3_dlnp__pfu-john-towner.jpg
  8. Take some time for self-care. We’re all human and we’re not perfect. Most of us are doing the best we can. Whether or not you’re doing well, take some time to care for yourself. Whether you like taking baths with cool bath bombs, painting your nails, watching a cheesy movie, or eating some ice cream – you do you. Taking that time can recharge and re-center you.
  9. Make a vision board. Get out your scissors, glue, glitter and magazines and make a collage that’s focused on who you want to be in 2017. It sounds silly, but having a visual reminder that you put up in your room somewhere can be really motivating!
  10. Inspire future you and make a rememberlutions jar! Write down one good thing that happened every day to you in 2017. Then when you reach the new year in 2018, even if you didn’t keep your resolutions, you’ll have a year of good things to congratulate yourself on doing.
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