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How to Make New Year's Resolutions You'll Actually Keep

New Year's Resolutions

When was the last time you made a New Year’s resolution and actually kept it? We’re certainly not trying to be pessimistic here, but the fact is that most resolutions made in January are left unmet, even if they are made with the best of intentions. To help you prepare to achieve your goals next year, the Vista del Rey Blog is providing our Tacoma, WA apartment community with some suggestions on how to succeed at making New Year’s resolutions and not breaking them. Read on for our top tips!

Make Them SMART

Who here has heard of SMART goals? SMART is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound; we think setting SMART New Year’s resolutions is the best way you could set them! It’s easy to let a perfectly worthy goal get lost in the business of everyday life when it isn’t precise enough, so we suggest thinking about how to make your goal have all five of these traits before you finish making it.

Focus on a Few

One of the biggest faux pas of resolution-setting is choosing to chase after too many all at once. While it would be incredible if you could lose that weight, go to sleep earlier, be more active in the community, and learn how to sew all at once, the more goals you set, the less likely you are to make any progress towards any of them. Instead, focus on a few at once, or maybe even just one major one if a certain goal is important enough to you. It may seem like so little at first, but you’ll be happy you slowed down once you finally completed one of your resolutions this time around.

Break Them Down into Steps

As a compliment to SMART resolutions, make sure to divide your larger goals into a series of simpler steps. While a lofty goal might seem overwhelming as a whole, breaking it down into bite-sized pieces will help you make steady and sure progress towards an eventual accomplishment of that goal. Remember to reward yourself as you meet these steps along the way!

Reevaluate Regularly

In our opinion, revisiting your goals regularly will lead you to work towards them more effectively than anything else you could do. It’s too easy to set a goal and then never think about it again. But when you set a reminder in your phone every few months to revisit the resolution you made at the beginning of the year, it gives you a chance to see if you’re on track, to assess if you feel like the goal you set was realistic, and to make any necessary adjustments to that goal.

We hope that 2019 is a year full of learning and growth for everyone in our Vista del Rey apartment community!