I have a thing for planners. Specifically paper planners, or “diaries” as we call them in Australia.
One of the most exciting things about starting a New Year is having a brand-spanking new planner. The pages crisp and clean. 12 months of unwritten potential.
Wouldn’t you agree?
Maybe not…my husband doesn’t.
In fact, just the other day he laughed at me for buying a (rather oversized, rather heavy) planner here in Australia, to take back to L.A.
Yes, it may be as long as my forearm. And yes, it may be two inches thick. And yes, it may be pre-filled with all of the Australian public holiday dates, not the US dates. But it’s a beautiful blue and it fills me with optimism for the year ahead.
Frankly, I see it as a practical and economic way to take up suitcase space!
Which brings me to the point of today’s post: how to make New Year’s Resolutions Stick.
Now, I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions…vague promises of self-improvement aren’t necessarily an effective way of achieving personal goals.
But there is something about the transition between years that makes goal-setting seem more achievable. So let’s ride that wave of motivation and set some clear and practical resolutions, to make 2017 your healthiest, happiest year yet.
How To Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick
Step One: The “Mini Year”
12 months is too long to commit to anything — except marriage I suppose — so let’s shorten the playing field.Rather than thinking of 2017 as one 12-month year, break it down into four 90 day mini-years. I learned this concept recently from a friendly fellow by the name of Todd Hermann. It’s my first year putting it into practice too, so we’ll be experimenting together.
Step Two: Have A Quarterly Focus
Only pay attention to the first 90 day period, the rest can be neatly marked in the planner as “the future”.
Step Three: Make A Goal List
Take some time to think about your top health, lifestyle or personal goals. These might include weight loss, weight gain, stress reduction, spending more time with family, getting fit, eating less sugar, cooking more at home, feeling professionally fulfilled…or something different altogether.
Step Four: Choose Your Top Priority
From that list choose the one thing that is absolutely your top priority. This becomes your main goal for the next three months.
If you’re anything like me you probably think that you can achieve more than one big goal in 90 days. Right?
It’s too complicated and too overwhelming to try and change everything at once, and splitting your efforts across multiple endeavors makes it less likely that you’ll have achieved anything come April.
So keep it simple and effective by choosing one main goal to focus on, and follow through with it until you have success!
Now that you’ve gotten this far, you’ll need to think about exactly WHAT you need to do to reach that goal in 90 days. This part is crucial as breaking your big goal down into bite-sized pieces is the difference between success and failure. And I can help!
If you’d like to set and achieve your number one health, lifestyle or personal goal in the first 90 days of 2017 here’s what you can do:
- Learn more about working with me 1:1 here.
- Or join the waitlist for our next live round of Slim Down With Self Love Bootcamp. You can find out more about that program here.