It has now passed that time of motivation and drive within the year and now the majority of us are slowly settling back into a routine that maybe consists of work/school, rest, repeat. All of the once relished and anticipated New Year’s Resolutions have gone out of the window and we are back to square one on the motivation scale.
Am I right?
I for one, can say that I too am a victim of the unmotivated blues, and it completely sucks.
I began the year with the typical ambitions of a 16-year-old teenage girl; to live a healthier lifestyle, to organize myself to enhance my grades, visit more places, and to do at least one thing that scares me at least twice each week. I can tell you that these resolutions lasted me all of 2 weeks before I began my motivational decline. However, whilst watching my hundredth hour of Netflix one night I decided not to follow in the footsteps of many previous years.
So, I’m going to share with you all some of the things that encouraged and helped me to get back on the motivation train and continue my new year’s resolutions.
1. Set your alarm a bit earlier.
Many of you reading this will think that I am completely mad, and in answer to that, yes! I probably am! However, this tip doesn’t have to be a horrible chore/ punishment! I recommend that you cater this individually to your own lifestyle so you can easily complete this task as smoothly as possible. By catering this step to your own lifestyle I mean that, for example, If you wake up at 5:30 in the morning throughout the five days a week in which you attend college/ work, it would be nearly impossible for ANYONE to wake up any earlier on these days without running on little to no sleep! Therefore, instead of waking up earlier every morning you could set your alarm an hour or two earlier on the weekend!
You now may be wondering how in the world this helps you to keep up your resolutions?!
Well, by waking up earlier, even just for two days a week in my case, it allows you time that you would never normally have. I then use this time to do something on my resolutions list! For example, if one of your new year’s resolutions was to read more you can use this time to read part of your book, or if one of your resolutions was to work out more you could use this time to work out! This way you have started to complete your new year’s resolutions and still have your whole day ahead of you to do whatever you would like to do!
2. Keep a planner!
This sounds like a rather obvious step to take. However, it is one that many forget about!
By doing this you can decide what thing you want to do and when. For example, if one of your new year’s resolutions was to hang out with your friends more you can set a certain day once or twice a week and put it in your planner. This way you can make sure you don’t double book and make other arrangements making you cancel.
It is also a great tool to track what you have done during the week if you write down what resolutions you have worked on each day. This way you can then also figure out what resolutions you need to spend time on and what resolutions you maybe need to put on the side lines for a while.
3. Start small
This tip is in fact one of the most important! Many people set unrealistic new year’s resolutions and expect to make drastic changes in a very short amount of time. In reality, this is never going to work in the long run and is probably one of the main reasons you are looking to this post for advice. This tip ensures you TAKE IT SLOW!
For example, If one of your resolutions was to eat healthier, and you changed your whole diet you probably found that you quit this resolution just a couple of weeks after beginning. So, instead start this resolution again but again, TAKE IT SLOW! Instead having dessert after dinner try replacing it with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yoghurt. These small changes will help to ease you into your resolutions creating healthier, more manageable habits.
4. Don’t beat yourself up!
This tip is a little harder to follow but will leave you with a healthier mindset and hopefully keep you on track!
You need to remember that perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet or forgot to exercise if you had a busy week. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.
The best way to commit to your resolution is to set up a daily routine that you follow. When I decided to organise myself to improve my grades, I set up a revision timetable with all my subjects included. I made sure that each revision session was at the same time and day each week.
And guess what?! The routine helped me to go into autopilot. I had no stress because my routine was consistent and reliable. This also prevented me from quitting my resolutions!
Hi, I’m Molly.
Hi everyone! I am a 16 year old student attending college in the UK. I am currently studying Biology, Chemistry, and English and I am also in the process of trying to set up my own blog! I’m so excited to create more content for you guys!