With the New Year just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on 2013 before I dove into my resolutions.This year was a year of many personal and professional FIRSTS. Without rattling off 365 days worth of accomplishments and failures, I did manage to triple my monthly sales, get one step closer to finishing grad school and determined, planned and set into motion my life long dream.
As you take a look at my professional and personal New Year’s resolutions for 2014, take a moment to read and apply some of the tips shared below.
Tips to Help You Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions
1) Track your progress It’s easy to define your New Year resolutions and jot them down on a notepad or store the list on your smartphone. The real work is motivating yourself to start. When I set my resolutions for 2013, I found it very helpful to track my progress on a given goal/resolution. For example, when I decided to lose weight, I kept a tiny notepad strapped to my “Big Book of Everything I need for being a mom, teacher, student and business owner.” Tracking your progress is a great way to self-monitor and avoid slipping away from meeting your goals.
2) Reward the small stuff Sometimes we tend to focus on the big stuff and forget the small achievements made. In order to help keep yourself motivated, reward yourself for the baby steps made. This will help keep you focused and encourage you to reach the goal.
3) Make your resolutions public Share your resolutions with everyone. Anytime I announce a goal to my family, friends or coworkers, I am held accountable. Although the downside to sharing your resolutions with people, or on social media, is the backlash and reminders if you fail. However, take up the challenge.
4) Change your behavior or bad habits Often times when we get in a rut, we become discouraged and feel like the goal set will never be achieved. A good practice to avoiding this is look at some of our bad habits and behavior. Sometimes the obstacles holding us back from achieving a goal are our bad tendencies. If you’re looking to take care of your hands and nails better, try breaking the habit of biting your nails.
5) If you fall off the bandwagon, jump right back on..Ever heard of the phrase “You are your worst critic?” Well it’s true. Sometimes we are so tough on ourselves that when we fall off of our diet, we stay off and cry FAIL. Just because you ate a massive slice of cheesecake on Tuesday, a big no-no to your diet, doesn’t mean that on Wednesday you can’t go to the gym at 9 a.m. like you usually would.
6) Don’t make a lot of changes at once It’s easy to recognize all the changes you want to make in your lifestyle. However, don’t try to change who you are or every aspect of your life. When you are setting resolutions or goals for the New Year, think about all of the small changes involved in a single resolution. Rather than focusing on all the changes that need to be made, focus on what’s really important. Although it is a great idea to challenge yourself and push your limits, the downside is a lot of stress and unfulfilled resolutions come December.
7) Be consistent If you plan on baking for every celebration, make a list and stick to it. The list will help to keep you organized, and a plan will help to keep your baking a habit.
As you make your New Year’s resolutions, take into consideration your favorite design shop’s tips.