How To Make an Effective New Year’s Resolutions in English

Mentally prepare for change

Changing ingrained habits is no easy task, so before diving head-first into your New Year goals, it is important to take a step back and get ready for that impending change. 

Set a goal that motivates you

You would be surprised how often people set goals that are not for themselves. These goals could be dictated or coerced by a manager, spouse, or parental / peer pressure. 

Limit resolutions to a manageable amount

A common mistake in resolution setting is having too many and spreading yourself too thin.  

Be specific

When it comes to setting resolutions, it’s easy to set bad goals that could lead to poor follow through. Fortunately, SMART goal setting framework can help you craft better goals. 

Break up big goals into smaller goal

A lot of us tend to be over eager and grandiose when it comes to resolutions. We have the best of intentions and may accidentally take on a goal that is too big to achieve 

Write down your goal

Writing down your resolutions helps you clarify what it is you want to achieve. It forces you to make decisions and be precise with your words 

Share your resolutions with other

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It’s great to make a resolution for yourself and maybe even write it down, but if no one else knows about it, it’s easy to forget about or even ignore. And when you don’t achieve it, no one will notice or care.

Automate where possible

The good news is you probably have technology in your pocket that can help you follow through on your resolution - automation in the form of reminder apps.