A Guide to keeping New Years Resolutions

Now that merely 4 days are left to close the year, with the holiday season ALMOST over, its time to take out your blank journals and colored pens and start scribbling. Before we start reminiscing about how wonderful this year has been for us (or how bad?) we can always take comfort in the fact that here lies another new opportunity for us to get in shape, skyrocket our careers and take care of our grades that have until now, taken a backseat In our minds.

As the New Year approaches, we must collectively rattle our brains and try to figure out where we stand in our life and where we want to be- take steps to move forward or be stuck wherever we are. So whoever you are, a business person, a student or a person trying to get out from a rut: there is something for all of you.

So bookmark this to read after you’re done with your new years’ parties, as I tell you no-nonsense ways to achieve your new year goals this time around.

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PLANNING

So this semester at college I read about FW Taylor and his Scientific principles of management, who goes on about finding the best way to do even the minutest of things and setting performance standards for yourself, namely time study and work study- which basically means that you decide how much time you’re going to give a particular task and the best way it can be done. While this theory is given in the context of management, with a little bit of tweaking it can easily be applied to day to day life as well.

 

THE BREAKDOWN

No. You don’t have to have a breakdown. You have had your fair share of those in the past, bless your poor soul. I’ve had one yesterday fretting about having nothing to post on my blog. But these are things of the past as I introduce you to a very common and oft-cited technique- Break down your goals into smaller, do-able chunks instead of letting them break you down. Ever heard of instant gratification? We’ll put that to use here. Instead of setting Year long goals and losing sight of them in the long run, break the big goal into smaller monthly/quarterly results you want to achieve out of them. Smaller the period, greater the chance you complete it.

 

USE YOUR DIARIES/TO DO LISTS/JOURNALS

So I have a really bad habit of stacking apps, journals and Sticky notes so I can constantly have my goals in sight and be ready to slay them all. Instead, they all stay in a dusty pile in a corner of my table where I look at them with pain in my eyes. So this year, learning from my past experiences I think its best that we decide upon one source to jot down our resolutions. If you find an app handy, download a SINGLE one or if you’re someone who likes to maintain elaborate bullet journals, keep one and stick to it. Which brings us to our next point.

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WRITE IT DOWN

If your resolutions are in your mind you’re likely to forget them a few weeks down the lane. Write it down neatly in your mobile app or diary or get a tattoo of them on your forearm.

SMALL IS BETTER

This cannot be stressed enough- the importance of setting small and achievable goals because let’s face it. You’re not going to get up at 5 o clock and go for a jog on January 1, 2018, unless you’ve been doing so for the past year as well.

 

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

Each step you take towards the fulfillment of your goals, record it.  Make tiny checklists below a huge goal or maintain pointers you can write. If you go through them when you’re losing steam you may want to get right back on track if you see how far you’ve come.

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ABSTRACT IS OUT

While it feels wonderful to write down stuff like- be more efficient this year, or get an A on all my subjects, unless you KNOW how you are to proceed, these are mere statements of intention. Make flowcharts, if that is your thing and clearly define each step you are to take. For example, You’re aiming for all A’s. Start by listing out your subjects and where you stand on them now. Then list down how many hours you’re going to give each subject and if you need extra help etc.

PREDICT YOUR SHORTCOMINGS

You’ve known yourself long enough by now to know HOW exactly you’re going to slack off. Maybe you get up late, or you take frequent snack breaks or you’re just distracted by your friends constantly tagging you in memes. So take charge and remove your distractions and anything you know can hamper your progress.

VISION BOARDS

vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

According to research compiled by 3M, the corporation behind Post-it Notes, visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text, which means you can paint a picture for your audience much faster with an actual picture. It’s no surprise then that HubSpot’s social media scientist Dan Zarrella found tweets with images are 94% more likely to be retweeted than tweets without.

Pinterest is a wonderful option if you’re not about keeping cut outs from newspapers and magazines. It’s handy and free. And while you’re at it, you can follow my Pinterest here.

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CONTROLLING

This might be the most important and forgotten step in the entire process of goal achieving- CHECKING how far you’ve come. And this check can only be made if you know what you were supposed to achieve in the given time frame and you’ve tracked your progress. A check can be made weekly, monthly or quarterly. But it should be regular and honest.

 

 

 

So this was it folks-  some of my ways to achieve new years goals. Just by starting right and planning effectively you’re halfway there.

Let me know what you think of this post and Happy new years to all 🙂

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