What are tips you'd use to stick to New Year's resolutions? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
New Year's resolutions. Everyone loves making them. Everyone hates committing to them. Just keeping it real.
I have good news for you. I put together a list of life hacks to make sure you crush your New Year's resolutions.
Here are 5 tips that will help you actually stick to your resolutions:
1. Have unavoidable daily reminders: Print a picture of your goal and stick it onto your fridge. Want to take it up a notch? Make a magnet that represents your goal and put that on the fridge. Put it on your calendar so that you get that daily reminder pop up on your phone. Post a motivational quote on your ceiling. This way when you wake up, you're looking at message that makes you want to hustle. Write it down on a Post-It note and stick it to your bathroom mirror. For example, if you walked into my bathroom you'd see a Post-It note on the mirror that says: *Write an awesome article once a week for*Practice Spanish once a day on Duolingo (I'm learning a new language) *Eat a green smoothie twice a day.
2. Write it on your Facebook wall: Write your goals on your Facebook wall and share them with the world so that people can hold you accountable. Want to make it even more intense? Promise a monthly or quarterly update on your progress. #SocialAccountability
3. Make it data driven and create visuals of your progress: I'll give you an example of how you can do this. Let's say you want to lose weight by running and lifting weights for an entire month. Use a calendar to keep track of your progress and put an X on each day that you complete. Let's say you want to eat healthier. Use an app like MyFitnessPal to track your daily calorie intake. Let's say you want to get a promotion. Use a tool like Prezi or Google Presentations to keep track of all of your great accomplishments for the year.
4. Make your goals very specific: It's harder to map out a plan when your New Year's resolution is vague. Here are some examples of vague goals: "I want to be in really great shape. I want to be better at work. I want to learn a new language." Here's a tip: be specific. Here are some examples of specific goals: I want to reduce my cholesterol levels by 10%. I want to become an engineering manager within 12 months. I want to learn how to speak Spanish fluently so that I can hold a decent conversation. Get down to the details and it'll make it easier for you to map out a plan to get to our goals!
5. Celebrate your wins: As you make progress on your goals, make sure you take a moment to celebrate your wins. Send yourself an e-card. Sing out loud to your favorite song and dance around like no one's watching. Post a celebration photo on Instagram with crazy amounts of hashtags. Enjoy a nice sushi dinner. Or steak. Or grilled veggies. Or whatever you like to eat.
Yell out from the rooftops. Because you know what? Being awesome deserves a lot of love.
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