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How to commit to your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again where we fill ourselves with new promises of a better tomorrow—or a better self. But how many of these promises did we actually fulfill? New Year, new you? That’s unlikely to happen without the proper commitment. Fear not, however, because there is always hope with the ingress of a new year (and semester).

Here are five things you can do to commit to your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Set specific and realistic goals

“I want to lose a lot of weight” may be your New Year’s resolution, but I guarantee that it won’t be sustainably successful without a few additions: be specific. Be specific about how much weight you want to lose. Is it 5kg? 10kg? And let’s not forget to be realistic with our goals. While wanting to lose 30 kg is commendable, it’s just not practical when you weigh 60 kilos to begin with. Be practical and specific!

2. Personalize your goals

Apart from being specific and practical, it is also necessary that your goals be personalized. For instance, let’s say your goal is to get a GPA of at least 85 in this coming semester, and you plan to accomplish this by going to the library Monday to Saturday 9am-9pm. This plan, however, will not work if you do not find the library conducive for studying. Find what works for you and incorporate it into your goals to make it more personalized and achievable.

3. Devise a plan and keep track of it

Once you have your achievable goals, the next step is to plan on how you’re going to achieve them. Grab a Palladium planner and sketch out the study schedule that will help you obtain that GPA. You can also keep a journal and buy a weighing scale so that you can keep track of your weight loss. The key is to devise a plan that is suitable to your goals and then keep track of it.

4. Persuasion

Whether it’s self-persuasion or external motivation, it is vital that you don’t lose sight of your goal. Remember that you go wherever your mind wants to take you. Remind yourself every now and then why you are working so hard to begin with.

5. Take breaks

The last thing that we want is to get burned-out from working too hard. Take breaks once in while and breathe a little!

Life is a roller coaster ride that goes up and down. Achieving your goals will not be easy but that’s basically what life is—it’s hard. The silver lining, however, is that the New Year brings us hope for change. How you commit to this year’s resolutions will, however, mark the difference from the last. P

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