New Year's Resolutions

Four ways to get back on track with your New Year’s resolutions  

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Business - No comments

Remember those New Year’s Resolutions you set for yourself back in December or January? How are you doing with those?

If you’re like most people, you probably have fallen a little short on them or even just abandoned them altogether months ago. But don’t be too hard on yourself; only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions according to a recent study.

The good news is: you still have plenty of time to make some positive changes in your life this year. Here are four ways you can turn things around and get back on track with your New Year’s resolutions.

1. Remind yourself why you wanted to take on this challenge. We set these goals because we want to look better, feel better, do something great or just be an improved version of ourselves. But when the going gets tough, we sometimes forget why it was so important to us in the first place. So ask yourself: What were you trying to gain? Why was this goal important to you at the beginning of the year? Is it still important to you now?

2. Be realistic with your goals. You’re probably not going to give up pizza forever or reorganize your house all in one weekend. So you should set goals that you can actually reach. For example, if you want to get organized, start with your closet. Instead of quitting pizza completely, substitute some of your pizza slices with a side salad.

3. Be specific with your goals. A broad resolution, such as “I’m going to go to the gym more,” doesn’t give you any actionable items that you can accomplish. How much is “more” anyway? Once a month? Once the whole year? Try a resolution you can measure, such as “I’m going to go to the gym three times a week.” Being specific holds you accountable to exactly what you have to do each week, so when you hit that goal, you’ll feel awesome.

4. Track your progress. Have some kind of metric to track how you’re making progress. If you’re trying to save money, set up daily or weekly email reminders of your bank account balance. It’s harder to give up on your goals when you’re constantly reminded of them.

There are just a few simple ways we like to keep on track with our resolutions when towards the end of the year. Did we miss anything big? How do you keep yourself on track for hitting your resolutions each year? Share with us on Facebook or tweet @ShareFile.

About the Author

Kelly Herron is an associate marketing specialist at Citrix ShareFile. Her job includes creating ads, managing display advertising campaigns and having way too much fun in Microsoft Excel. She is also a member of ShareFile’s community service organization, SHARE.