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You’ve heard what they say: new year, new you. (*Secretly rolls eyes*) But if you’re anything like me and have already started 2017 with 12 too many Bagel Bites and conveniently forgetting that Saturdays count as a day you promised to exercise on, it’s soon more like new year, new whoops.
This year, rather than accepting this as just the way it goes, take some time to make sure you’re setting yourself up for success—and make it even easier to achieve those resolutions, all year long.
Feeling overwhelmed by the weight of your resolutions? Keep your goals short and simple to help them seem less daunting and more possible. Try making them all S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timely). For example, instead of broadly declaring I’m going to drink more water from now on, your new and improved S.M.A.R.T. goal would be I’m going to drink 2 glasses of water every day this month. You’re still drinking more water like you wanted, but now you have something tangible to track and will know for certain if you’ve achieved it.
One of the best ways to stay on top of your goals is to keep them at the forefront of your mind. If you don’t think about them constantly, they’re going to slip and become less of a priority in your head. Whether it’s notes in your planner, words of encouragement on your mirrors, sticky notes at your desk or in your car—keep the reminders coming. The more you see each goal, the less likely you’ll be to “accidentally” forget or talk yourself out of it that day.
Another way to avoid talking yourself out of your goals is by scheduling a specific time you’re going to do something. When it comes to plans, I’m the least committal person you’ll ever meet. So when I do sign up for something, I know I’m going to show up. Use your schedule to your advantage—plan out exactly when you’re going to get that workout or yoga class in, so it becomes more of a reality in your routine. (We know of a great app that can help you book classes and appointments ahead of time…just saying.)
Going after your goals at the beginning of the year is always fun—you have momentum from the excitement of the new year ahead and are stoked to hustle hard to achieving them. Now fast-forward six months in. You’re starting to fall behind on those goals and the hype is fading. Sounds like it’s time to switch it up a bit. Let’s say your goal is to exercise more throughout the week. Maybe one month you try a bootcamp, then the next it’s Spin® classes, then the next is aerial yoga. Or maybe you like mixing it up throughout the week by doing something different every day. Changing your routine keeps it fresh and exciting, and prevents burnout and boredom. Not sure where to start? Search the MINDBODY app for iOS and Android to find something new to try near you.
Your friends, family and coworkers are a great way to stay motivated to stick with your resolutions. Invite someone to your weekly workout or class. You can even let them in on your overarching goal—they’ll probably be willing to do it with you, too. Not only will it be more fun to have someone on the journey with you, but it also holds you accountable and makes you feel bad for bailing (nothing like a little guilt to keep you on track, right?). The MINDBODY app even makes it easy to share your favorite businesses, classes and appointments through text messages and social media. You are officially out of excuses.