Okay, okay, we know we’re a bit ahead of the game here. But like Mama always says, there’s nothing wrong with a little planning ahead.
If you've ever made New Year's resolutions that were as fleeting as your enthusiasm for those kale smoothies you swore to have for lunch every day, this advice is for you. Rather than throwing out the baby with the bathwater as soon as the second or third week of January rolls around, we’re here with some tips and tricks to make your 2024 New Year’s Resolutions more sustainable in the long run.
First things first: Grab your printable 2024 calendar right here, and kick of the year with some planning and organization!
Make it Your One and Only
When setting your goals for the year, get down into the nitty gritty — going into the New Year with the intention of “eating healthier” ain’t going to cut it, sis. Swap out that bland goal for something like mastering the art of whipping up a week's worth of veggie-packed lunches or bidding farewell to that daily soda habit and sipping on homemade infused water instead.
By focusing in on the details, you're not just making generic resolutions, you're crafting a concrete plan for success, with clear steps that you can break into bite-sized pieces. So, skip the vague statements and embrace the specifics — your future self will thank you for it! Need a little help sticking to these new habits? Why not try out a 30-day printable habit tracker? Using visual tools to track progress can be the secret sauce to success.
Give Damp January a Whirl
So you want to jump on the Dry January bandwagon — foregoing alcohol for the first 31 days of the year to start of the year focused and healthy. It’s a fantastic goal and we support your sobriety all the way, however only one problem: Your sister’s Bachelorette Party is happening in Key West the last weekend of the month.
Now, will you most certainly can enjoy a sober weekend trip, chances are that you might want to indulge in a margarita (or three), thereby ruining your goal of doing a full month booze-free. So that’s why we recommend aiming for a Damp January instead — it’s much more realistic, and you don’t have to throw away all of your goals because of one night out or slip up. The same goes for any strict diet you might be trying to stick to. Allow yourself some breathing room!
Recruit a Resolution Buddy
There’s nothing like having a sidekick who will cheer you on, provide that extra push, and hold you accountable! Whether it's your partner in crime, your sibling who's always up for a challenge, or a coworkers who's somehow mastered the art of making broccoli taste like gourmet cuisine, having a resolution buddy by your side can turn even the most daunting goals into a fun and shared journey.
Together, you can check in with each other, navigate the ups and downs, celebrate victories with embarrassing victory dances, and lend a listening ear when those pesky chocolate cravings strike (like, daily). So go ahead and recruit that accountability partner – your goals will thank you, and your journey of self-improvement is about to get a lot more fulfilling!
Embrace the Power of the Reset Button
Remember, January 1st is a completely arbitrary day — if you’ve fallen off the wagon, there is absolutely nothing wrong with giving things a second chance and restarting on January 8th, January 24th or even February 19th — as long as you never give up completely. Give yourself some grace, and understand that sometimes, new habits take 21 days before they begin to solidify.
Set a Quirky, Off the Wall Goal
In an attempt to prove to yourself that you can in fact achieve whatever you put your mind to, forget about the standard New Year’s Resolutions of working out more, losing weight or quitting smoking. Instead, this year try something completely different, like dancing around your room for 5 minutes each morning or treating yourself to your favorite tea before bed each night. Once you’ve solidify these feel good habits into your daily routine, you’ll have the momentum to be able to tackle some bigger, more difficult goals. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so start small, start with the fun tasks and let the momentum snowball!
Treat Yourself Like the Royalty You Are
Remember that old saying about catching more flies with honey? Well, the same logic applies to resolutions. Instead of berating yourself for every tiny slip-up, why not sprinkle a little kindness on your setbacks? Didn't make it to the gym today? No problemo! Lay out your workout clothes and sneakers and make a commitment to get there first thing tomorrow. We’re in this for the long-haul, so beating yourself up about every small imperfection is counterproductive. Remember ladies, it's all about balance!
When the going gets tough (and it will, because breaking bad habits is no walk in the park), remember that the reset button is there to help. So if January 1st doesn’t go exactly as planned, don’t stress. You've got a whole year ahead to turn things around. There's no better way to conquer your 2024 New Year’s Resolutions than with some patience and self-love — and with the help of one of Tidy Plan's Printable 2024 Calendars, of course! So, cheers to a year of achievable goals, new endeavors, and most importantly, embracing the imperfect but wonderful journey that is self-improvement. Let's do this!
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