The last champagne cork has popped and the tree will soon be down. The holiday festivities are over, and before long life and its schedules will be back to normal. Many of us make New Year's Resolutions, and more often than not we find ourselves breaking them days after they're made. Instead of resolutions, try this:
• Make goals, not resolutions. Just do one thing a day ― no matter how small ― towards a goal. Pretty soon you will have accomplished your goal.
• Be realistic. Don't make more than three goals a year. Pick one that you know will be tough and two others that will most likely take time, but you will have a good chance of reaching. That way, you'll feel like you are making progress while giving yourself some breathing room for the more difficult goal.
• Organize your goals. Start with the one that will take the most time and work it into your day. The old adage is true: "I don't HAVE time, I MAKE time". Think about it.
• Write down your goals in a place you see every day. Place them on your kitchen counter, your desk or your dresser. Put the most difficult goal at the top of your daily list.
• Reward yourself. No matter what, give yourself a treat once in awhile. Even if it's just a little pat on the back, it's enough to keep you focused and keep you going.
• Forgive yourself if you slip up. But don't give up. We've all heard it: "Sometimes you have to fail to succeed."
Happy New Year!
This article originally appeared in Lifestyle Insights on January 2, 2010