3 Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

I will be the first to admit that I didn’t keep up with any of the New Year’s resolutions I set for myself this year. With everything that went on in my world this year: College graduation, becoming Editor-In-Chief of the school’s newspaper and balancing two internships and four courses, I easily fell off the bandwagon. But that’s okay guys, because I’ve created a few ways to stay on track for 2015.

And if there’s anything I’ve learned from my fall from commitment it’s that now I’m even more motivated to make things work this upcoming new year. So without further ado, here are some awesome ways to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions:

I suppose before we get started, I should share a few goals of my own I’ve yet to accomplish:

Keep less meats in my diet (I did it before, and I know I can do it again)
Read 40 books (it’s more timely and tedious for me than you’d think)
Get into my first apartment (I’m looking at you, Grand Rapids!)
Start a baking blog (Everyone keeps telling me I should, and I want to too!)
Complete my first novel (This. Will. Happen)

Write them out

The most important step of the entire process: writing out your goals. I know it’s a silly thought, because I know you’re probably already sure about what it is you want to accomplish in the upcoming year but this step is completely vital to the process. I am so ready to take on 2015, that I purchased one of those really cool chalkboard mats for my wall so that I can always keep track of my progress.

Share your goals with friends

This one is another great tip, because friends help keep friends on track. If you know someone who, too, is wanting to accomplish their goals then make it a point to share them with one another. If the two (or three, or four) of you are always there to help one another on the path to success. And who knows? You may have a few goals in common, which will make reaching them that much easier.

 Use a planner/journal

To be completely honest, there was once a time I couldn’t see an efficient use for planners (even in college). This was until I reached my senior year of college, and everything I heard about “senioritis” became a frightening reality. I wanted so much not to give in, but really, that little red planner saved my life (social life and so on). So when I say you will want to treat that little planner as your life-preserver, I mean it. Get creative with planners that share everyday words of wisdom, and use the little trinket to keep yourself on track at all times.

Best wishes to everyone who’s prepping themselves for 2015, and I truly hope these tips help make your transition throughout the new year much easier. These are just a few of my own goals and tips, but I’d love to hear about some of yours too!

Photo credit: adapted from ginnerobot | Flickr

Tell us in the comments how you manage the new year, the more tips the merrier!

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Paris Close

Paris Close is a twentysomething with a clinical obsession with all things Jesse Bradford and Jesse Bradford-looking, which his doctor, Mindy Lahiri, says is socially acceptable. He earned his B.A. in English Literature in 2014 from Aquinas College, and his writings can be seen featured on websites emcBlue and University101. He currently writes for entertainment websites PuckerMob and Crushable, and resides in his native Michigan.

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