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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions Practical

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We all want to start out the New Year right. For many of us that means New Year’s resolutions. While these resolutions can be motivating they can also be disheartening if they are not completed. What can you do to make sure your keeping your New Year’s resolutions practical?

New Year's Resolutions

Keep Your New Year's Resolutions Practical

Here are some tips for keeping your resolutions:

  1. Start Small – Although you may want to make big changes in your life it can be hard to turn things around all at once. From losing fifty pounds to changing your job or going back to school, big changes require small steps to get there. Instead of making your resolutions too broad and hard to accomplish, try to take small steps to your long term goals.
  2. Plan Long Term – Speaking of long term goals, you should be realistic about how long your resolutions will take. Something like a big weight loss or life change often takes longer than a year to accomplish. Don’t end up feeling like a failure, instead understand that your resolution may be for several years.
  3. Set Deadlines – You don’t want to be too ambiguous about the time it takes however. Setting deadlines for yourself is a healthy way to make sure you stay on task. While going to the gym every day is not doable if you are not in the habit, going twice a week is. Every month or even week set a new goal towards your long term plan. That way you can see all the steps and it doesn’t look so impossible.
  4. Be Forgiving –Forgive yourself for messing up. We all have days we feel bad, need a break or are just not productive. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead forgive yourself and reassess your goals. If you are constantly falling behind you may need to be more realistic about what you can accomplish at this point in your life.

Making your New Year’s resolutions practical can help you achieve your goals without becoming frustrated. Try to break it up into small steps and make goals that are realistic. That way you are sure to be productive in the New Year!

Do you make and keep New Year Resolutions? What are your tips for doing so?

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Author Bio:  This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from housekeeping.org. She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more. She welcomes your comments which can be sent to b.lindahousekeeping @ gmail.com.

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This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from housekeeping.org. She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more. She welcomes your comments which can be sent to b.lindahousekeeping @ gmail.com.

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