Using Life Hacks to Stick to Your New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of the year when we all decide this is going to be the moment things turn around and get bigger and better than ever before. We’re of course talking about those all-important resolutions that so many of us are making right now.

The problem comes when a few weeks of normality and the daily routine of work and home life come back after the festivities. Before you lose hope and focus, read these simple life hacks and keep yourself on the right track.

Make Time to See Your Friends

Using Life Hacks to Stick to Your New Year Resolutions

This one might sound a little counterintuitive if you’ve made your resolutions all about getting in shape and getting promoted at work, but it’s crucially important. You want to be able to sustain your increased efforts and renewed focus, and that’s only going to be possible with constructive downtime.

Life is for living, and seeing your friends and loved ones is what you’ll really look back on with fond memories as the years go by. Get into the habit of seeing the same people at set points throughout the month and you’ll have something fun to anchor yourself to.

Soothe Your Soul With Good Music

One of the mistakes many of us fall into is having the TV on, our phone in our hand, and trying to sustain a conversation at the same time. Slow down, take a breath, and focus on a single source of information.

Sometimes just sitting in your chair and listening to some music with your eyes closed is all it takes to get away from everything. Slowing down your brain will give you the energy and willpower needed to do the harder bits when you feel like breaking your new habits.

Using Life Hacks to Stick to Your New Year Resolutions

Avoid The Curse Of Perfectionism

The problem many of us find is that the moment we encounter the first setback, we decide it just wasn’t meant to be. No one, not even an Olympic athlete, gets their fitness and lifestyle changes right the first time, every time. What you need to do is be that little bit easier on yourself and learn that it’s about gradual, incremental progress.

This is going to take time — there’s nothing wrong with that, after all — so take pride in the journey you’re going on and the progress that you are making with every passing day.

Create A Simple, Manageable Schedule

Trying to fit everything you can possibly imagine into your day is the perfect way to burn yourself out and stress your mind. You don’t want to do that obviously, which is why a simple, manageable schedule is worth its weight in gold. You need to be realistic, schedule in downtime, and make sure you can be flexible enough if something unexpected happens.

Just because you have decided 2024 is the year you’ll make changes doesn’t mean those usual annoying things aren’t going to crop up from time to time. Car repair, catching a bug, or your childcare falling through are all going to happen. It’s how you react and adapt that will determine your success.

Using Life Hacks to Stick to Your New Year Resolutions

Prep The Night Before And Hit The Ground Running

Something as simple as laying out your work clothes and meal prepping so your lunch and breakfast are in the fridge can make all the difference when your alarm goes off before sunrise.

You’ll be removing those little bits of friction so you can hit your stride and really start building momentum. The more you do it, the easier it will become. Just what you want to hear when it’s all about finding new ways to change the way in which you live.

Be Easy On Yourself And Remember You’re Chasing Progress

Progress not perfection. These three little words will remind you that you’re building something one day at a time, rather than instantly jumping to your final destination. Life is about learning, growing, and evolving in a way that gives you the confidence and know-how to keep moving.

Once you start to see progress you’ll automatically come up with a dozen or more new ideas about the next steps you want to take. Here’s a few quick ways to ensure you never miss this key step:

  • Do a weekly review of your plus points and the points you can improve on and tally them up
  • Celebrate all the little wins along the way rather than getting down on yourself that they’re not bigger or more frequent
  • Create a series of smaller intermediate goals so you can feel like you’re achieving things every couple of days

With a little bit of care and attention you’ll be able to notice all of the little steps forward you’re taking. Ideal when you want to be chasing progress, turning your back on the impossible search for perfection, and getting where you want to be before you know it.

Don’t Stop For The Day Until You’re Proud

Using Life Hacks to Stick to Your New Year Resolutions

Having something you can be proud about is the secret to giving yourself the energy and motivation to do it all over again in the morning. An easy win, something stressful taken off your to-do list, or even just a stroke of good fortune are all things you can look back on with pride.

This ties in with the last point about celebrating the small wins and it’s a really effective trick that allows you to build confidence so you can maintain your all-important momentum.

Free Yourself From Your Phone

Getting away from your phone and getting active is one of the best ways to give yourself more energy in 2024. Rather than heading to a online casino site or your latest boxset, get some fresh air and take in the world around you.

Our phones are addictive (and designed to be so) in ways that many of us are still not aware of right now. The key is to notice that there are so many more ways you can spend idle time, many of which will actively help you do the more important things in life.

Take your time, put in the work, and trust the process. 2024 will soon become everything you want it to be.

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