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Top tips for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions

Written byKoyo Loans
First published10th January 2023
  • Limit your resolutions
  • Be specific
  • From tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow
  • Set goals with friends and family
  • Recap: Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions

At the start of every year, we all sit down and think about what we want the year to bring. As such, we typically end up with a list of resolutions that often prove difficult to keep! Still, the practice of making New Year’s resolutions is important, as it focuses our attention and helps us achieve our goals throughout the year. So, with that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to stick to this year’s resolutions and achieve the outcomes that you desire for yourself and your family.

Limit your resolutions

One of the reasons that so many people struggle to keep resolutions is that they make so many! While it can be admirable to try and work on so many aspects of your life in one go, the reality is that it’s much easier to limit your resolutions to one or two manageable goals. It’s okay to create some sub-resolutions that feed into the main goal, but limiting yourself to one or two goals will help you keep your resolutions beyond the end of January!

Be specific

As with any goal setting, you need to be SMART about your New Year’s resolutions. So, instead of saying that you want to “save money”, commit to “adding £2,400 to your stocks & shares ISA” throughout 2023. Many people aspire to manage their money better, and it’s a common resolution at the start of any year. That being said, this is applicable to all resolutions and will enable you to hold yourself to account as you chart your progress.

From tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow

Many of us get carried away when setting New Year’s resolutions, setting overly ambitious goals that seem super difficult to achieve from the outset. So, it’s much better to adopt a short-term mindset when setting New Year’s resolutions, focusing on the small steps that you can take that will help you achieve your overarching aim. For instance, if you want to buy a house by the end of the year, breaking your goal down into manageable steps – like improving your credit score, saving for a deposit, and researching the mortgage market – can all help you work towards your resolutions. After all, from tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow!

Set goals with friends and family

When you set your own resolutions, you don’t necessarily have a problem with breaking them. However, if you set a joint resolution with friends and family, you have the perfect opportunity to hold one another accountable throughout the year. No matter the resolutions that you establish bringing your loved ones in and working together can make a big difference to your success. After all, there’s strength in numbers, and your nearest and dearest will help you stick to your resolutions when things get tough.

Recap: Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions

Setting new year’s resolutions is a great way to achieve your personal and professional goals throughout the year. But so many of us struggle to keep our resolutions, and many goals don’t last beyond the end of January! But with the above tips, you can ensure that you keep the resolutions that you make at the start of 2023 and work towards the changes that you want to see in your life.

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