Making New Year’s Resolutions and sticking to them!

Eat better.

Get more exercise.

Read more

Watch less TV.

Study harder.

At the start of the year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions in hopes of making positive changes to our lives. Unfortunately, whether it’s everyday stress or a lack of motivation, many of our New Year’s resolutions are quickly forgotten or broken within weeks. This is nothing to be ashamed of. For college students, for instance, balancing school work and a social life all while being away from home can threaten even those with the most willpower.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to turn to find tips that may help you overcome temptations. The daily newspaper, for example, may be one place to turn.

Last week, there was a nice article in the Metro newspaper that highlighted some great ideas for those concerned about keeping their resolutions. You can read the whole piece here. One unique tip from psychologist Jeremy Dean stood out. In order to succeed, Dean encouraged experimentation. Here, he uses the “I will exercise more” resolution as an example:

“We’re told that exercising in the morning is best. Well, I’m not getting up early to
exercise, so I exercise in the afternoon — it suits my schedule. Also, tweak your approach.
If it doesn’t work the first time, then move it around a little until it feels right.

This tip is great for many, especially students looking to study harder in the New Year. Some may study better right after class. Others may find the morning or afternoon more to their liking. Some of us may even work best when everyone else has gone to bed. No strategy is best; what matters is that it works for you and you can stick to it. With some practice and determination, this year’s New Year’s resolution will become a positive part of your everyday routine.

What is your New Year’s resolution? How will you keep it? Let us know in the comments section below.

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