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New Year marks a beginning of exciting things and an end to habits we wish we shouldn’t have developed over the past year. In my previous article, I talked about welcoming the new year in a whole new digital manner since as time pass by, the digital world is continuing to grow making us – sometimes – become confuse on the new and upcoming trends on the worldwide web. A new year is a great time to start developing habits, list the goals you want to achieve on a specific timeline and start working on them on the very first day of the year.
As I finished listing my 2014 goals and resolutions, I ran through everything and ponder on whether they are workable or not. One thing I notice is that most of the items in my list are generic – lead a healthy lifestyle, get a promotion, spend less and save more – which makes them harder to work on. So I deliberate on how I will get to work on them effectively and found these guidelines on how to stick to the New Year’s resolutions. Ready? Here we go!
The best resolutions are specific. Instead of saying “get a promotion”, try “get promoted to senior level by 3rd quarter of the year”. In this way, you have the specific timeline and will be easier for you to tell if you’ve been successful in getting it or not.
Use the buddy system. By having someone to team up with you to achieve a specific goal, it will be easier to work on it. You’ll both have someone to confide in when temptations arise. You will be more likely to wake up earlier than usual for the daily morning run knowing that your best friend is outside waiting for you right?
Write them down. Having a list will and placing it somewhere visible will constantly remind you on the things you need to work on this year. So whether you’re a digital fan or traditionalist, write (or type) them down.
Get some help from the friendly app store. In this digital age, there are wide arrays of free apps that will help you map out your goals and assist you in every step along the way. Do you resolve to get more organized this year? Perfect! Dropbox and Evernote are on their way to help you with that.
Don’t beat yourself up. Everyone is entitled to making mistakes. Don’t give up totally when you skipped the gym for an entire week because of your hectic schedule or when you splurge a one-month worth of salary to purchase a big ticket item. Don’t be too hard on yourself and remember to keep your eyes on the prize.
Celebrate! When you’ve successfully accomplished a goal on a specific timeline, do yourself good and celebrate.
When all else fails, just imagine yourself in the future when you have accomplished the goals and keep up with the resolutions you listed at the start of the year. A better, smarter, healthier, more successful and more attractive- than-ever version of you! Now that’s enough motivation to keep you working overtime on weekdays and attending that dreadful aerial yoga class.
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When she’s not busy catching up on the latest fashion trends and writing press articles, Marianne is catching up with friends and updating her social media accounts. That’s right; she’s either talking or writing. Marianne is currently the PR Account Manager of Singapore-based public relations consultancy firm Fulford PR. She’s also the writer behind the fashion blog The PR Girl Closet. Fashion, music, Instagram and writing are some of her obsessions. Check her out on Linkedin / Twitter.