How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution in 2018

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution in 2018

Become one of the 9% who see success in the New Year

We all know the feeling-- you set a goal for yourself for the coming new year, and you are so excited to make positive improvements for your life. "New Year new me!" says you and about half of the people living in America. Nothing is as exciting as a fresh start. And then a couple of weeks go by, and the new year feels like just the same old boring routine, and you have already given up on your resolution to eat better, or exercise more, or to not text back that one guy that you know you shouldn't be talking to (yeah, you know the one).

We all know New Year's Resolutions are hard to keep, and that keeps many people from even making them in the first place. According to Statistic Brain, 41% of Americans make New Year's Resolutions, and only about 9% are successful. 17% of Americans infrequently make resolutions, and 42% absolutely never make them.

So what can you do to be a part of that 9% of Americans that actually see success with their resolutions? Well, here are some tips.

Don't make your resolution too big.

There's nothing wrong with aiming high and shooting for the stars, trust me. However, if you want to tackle a big goal, it is best to break that goal down into smaller, more attainable goals. This way, you have something new to work towards each week (or month) and don't feel overwhelmed by something that feels impossible. Setting a goal that is too big and not giving yourself a plan to get there will leave you feeling defeated and discouraged.

Be specific.

Instead of setting an ambiguous goal like, "I want to read more." Try something like "I want to read 20 books by the end of 2018." A specific goal helps you know if you are on the right track or not.

Don't make too many resolutions.

Make one to three resolutions that you are really passionate about and focus on those, preferably with one "bigger one" that will be your main focus and other smaller goals (like to stop chewing your nails).

Be realistic.

If you are a C or D student, your goal probably shouldn't be to get a 4.0 next semester. Instead, maybe your goal could be to get all B's, or get an A in one class.

Do your research.

Say your goal is to eat less meat in 2018 (yay, amazing!). Well, you should open up google and hit the library. Learn about protein, look up recipes, and understand macronutrients. This goes for any goal-- knowledge is your tool to success.

Work it into your schedule.

You are more likely to be successful at achieving your goals if you make new routines and habits. This involves sitting down at first and figuring out a time of day each day of the week to work towards your goal. Maybe your goal is to be less stressed, so you set aside 5 minutes in between classes to find a quiet spot and meditate. Write it down! Make it as non-negotiable as a doctor's appointment or work schedule.

Make sure you are highly motivated to achieve this goal.

If you are just making this a resolution because its a popular one, or your friends or doing it, or your mom said so, you probably won't be as motivated to succeed. Make it personal! This gives you every reason to stick to your resolutions.

Track your progress!

This one is super important in terms of staying with your goal. Your resolution will begin to lose its sparkle after a while. That being said, you have to remind yourself WHY you're doing it, and the results you are beginning to see. One of my favorite ways to do this with my fitness goals is with progress photos (weight can be discouraging, and muscles weigh more than fat, duh!).

Envision your goal.

One great way to do this is by creating a vision board. This can be inspiring quotes, what you envision life will be like when your goal is achieved, and the reasons why you're doing this. You can add things to the board as your goals evolve and change. Blogs, Pinterest, and backgrounds on your computer and phone are other examples. Envisioning makes your goal more tangible and keeps the excitement.

Join communities for people with similar goals.

There are so many online communities for all different types of goals. Talk to other people who have similar goals as you-- this can be nice when you hit a tough patch. You can talk about your successes, and gain insights on how to overcome specific obstacles. Follow social media pages that fall in line with your objectives too.

Find support.

Tell your friends and family about your resolution, and find someone that you know will be supportive and encouraging, but also will keep you on track. This person should be someone who won't judge you, and who you can be vulnerable to, but also someone who you know will hold you accountable.

Know it's okay to mess up sometimes.

I don't know about you, but the hardest time to stick to my goals is when I make a mistake. Just remember, that you are human and everyone slips up! So if you messed up and texted that guy that you resolved to not ever text in 2018 because you had one too many at Sigma Apple Pie, don't give up! Just pick yourself up, feel bad for yourself for a moment, and then put your big girl/boy pants on and get back to it.

Reward yourself for progress.

This is one of the most fun parts... You put the work in, don't forget the reward! Pick something that is special for you, and reserve it for when you have successes in your progress. Say your goal is to put away a certain amount of money into your savings in 2018, and one month you contribute a good chunk of change. Don't blow all your progress by spending all that hard earned cash, but take a bit and buy yourself something nice or go out for drinks with your friends.

So there you have it! Hopefully this brings you closer to achieving your goals and resolutions this new year. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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2. Please, for the Sake of Everyone, Socialize:

Confining yourself to a bedroom with a box of Ramen Noodles, your laptop, and piles of notes and textbooks could not be any easier at the start of a semester. We want to do well; we naturally come in putting our best foot forward. It’s a new semester, it can be better than the last as long as we put double the work in and skip showers on Mondays and Thursdays, Right? Wrong. Your brain needs a break, visit family, visit friends if you’re as extreme as I am, go to another country; treat yourself! You deserve it. As a college student, I look forward to seeing my friends happy, rejuvenated, clean, and without too much stress.

3. Find a Hobby:

Personally speaking, exercising is my hobby. Running outside and feeling the cool of the night against my face while looking out over the river, or heading to the gym to lift until my body literally cannot do so anymore, even a casual night of skating at the nearest ice rink helps. It eases my mind to know that school while important, is not the only thing life has to offer. Some of my friends hate the gym and like to play video games, watch Netflix, read for pleasure instead of a requirement, go to plays, and participate in clubs; whatever it is for you set some time out of your week to maintain your hobbies.

4. Keep up with your coursework:

This is something that all students seem to have an issue with especially if the coursework has a deadline that is nearer to the end of the semester. That girl over in the corner of the library studying all the books she has yet to read, hair a mess, hasn’t slept in a week due to her inability to stop cramming before finals; that’s me. I refuse to let it be me again this semester; the procrastination is never worth the stress. Don’t let the next victim of the late night cram be you.

5. Rest:

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6. Focus Being the Best you:

For me, that means buying a planner, being organized with folders and color-coded notebooks. I could never maintain a study group as I talk too much. I can hardly focus when I am with others and often leave a study group feeling more stressed than when I came to it. For other students, study groups can be amazing, and extremely helpful. Many of my peers choose to study in the Library or in quaint coffee shops near the city. I suppose there is something relaxing in the way coffee tastes while the Charles River flows below the skyline of Boston. It is interesting to see the city come alive and people bustling about, but again as a writer, I would be more interested in what I saw, rather than the assignment I was meant to be writing about. Find your studying niche and roll with it.

7. Have fun:

College made up the best years of my life. I know you may think that sounds cliché, or you’ve heard it a hundred times. As a graduating senior I can tell you, you will hear it a hundred more times. If I could do it all over again; I would. College brought me to my friends near Boston, at the first university I attended. College taught me about all the greats poets, and literary geniuses and it taught me not to take three shots of anything straight up consecutively. It brought me to seven different countries where I met my best friends, kissed the Blarney Stone, took the tube to Westminster, climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lost my friend in the Coliseum. Attending college closer to home has taught me the importance of family in my life. It has taught me that comfortability and connection with faculty in a school can make a great difference in an academic experience. I can look back on my college experience and say that it was worth the impending debt, that I would not have changed a thing. College gave me my independence while providing me with skills for future job opportunities. So make sure you make the best of your experience, get your work done, but enjoy the world around you, discover yourself, and make every cent worth it.

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If you're trying to make some extra cash there are tons of ways to do it.

1. Sell any clothes you don't wear anymore. Stop being a hoarder. Websites like Poshmark, Etsy, and eBay are all great.

2. Scheme your rents for money. Say you're buying books but just don't buy any at all. Easy $500 right there.

3. Sell your blood!!!!

4. Market off your body parts on the black market! Great idea!!!!

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1. Get a garbage bin, put a bag in it, fill it up with some warm water, get a blow-up palm tree and make sure it's sunny out. You're basically in Florida at this point.

2. Swim in a swamp it's basically the beach.

4. Make your backyard your dream vacation.

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Realistically only two of these will probably work and if you can't figure out what those two are you probably shouldn't be going anywhere. But good luck making your broke dreams come true.

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