How to make (and keep) New Year’s resolutions:
- Stop and reflect. Take some time to write down your goals, create a course of action, and track your progress.
- Keep it simple. Decide on one or two things that you really can accomplish. Not a long list.
- Outline a goal that is measurable, doable, and specific. Many people make the mistake of setting goals that are just too big or general to attain. “I want to lose weight” is too vague and guaranteed to promote discouragement. Try something more concrete like, “I will write out a week’s meal plan and follow it for 10 days.”
- Create a short list of diversions that could come up. For example, that pizza on the kitchen counter at work that was left over from the meeting earlier today is eyeing you. To avoid temptation, pack a healthy lunch and snacks that you can fall back on when similar temptations strike.
At IQ Solutions, health is a priority. And to kick off your resolutions list in the right direction, Wellness for Life, the company-wide wellness program, provides employees with access to health resources, information, fitness group classes, and support to make and sustain your health-related resolutions. Since the overall goal should be to sustain your resolutions, here is what the National Institutes of Health has to say about making your resolutions stick: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2010/12/making-your-resolutions-stick.