Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Article - Setting New Year Resolutions - Life Hacks

Yup, it's a brand new year! And with that, people start setting all sorts of resolutions for the year. However, chances of you ever finish them/ accomplishing them is very slim.

Why? Cause they're too far off goals that no one actually wants to finish. Your brain just messes with you and says 'bah, so far off, don't care.'

So let's say you wanna start the year fresh with learning a new skill/ trying to lose weight or learn a new language/ save money etc.

1. Start Small

If you want to run a marathorn, you gotta start training for it. Start with a small distance first that you can manage. Then increase the distance each week.

Same goes, if you want to try save more money - allocate some money to save in a week like $20 Then when you've been good, you can try to save more money each week. 

Don't do some HUGE DRASTIC thing and then find you can't continue the habit cause you made things too hard for yourself - eg. ran a crazy distance and burn out and then don't want to continue training.

2. Try to be consistent and schedule yourself

To cultivate a habit, you gotta just continually do something so that it becomes part of you. Like when I wake up in the morning, I turn on my computer and check my e-mails. Your new habit should sorta be as easy as that.

So like if you plan to finish an outfit by a certain con date, plan a time after work to at least work on it a bit. Even if you're really tired, just do a small thing.

Cause I find if you don't do something just once, you fall off the habit and it's very hard to get back on again.

3. Yay! Finished a goal? Make a new one!

Awesome! Reached your mini goal? Make a new one! If you don't make goals then you'll just kinda flop about and stagnate... So keep going! If you were able to do a bunch of push ups, you could always increase the number to more!

If you were able to not smoke for a month, you can try not to smoke for another month! 

4. Don't forget to reward yourself a little

A friend of mine used to reward herself with a music CD a month using the money she saved not smoking.

Like you can reward yourself with 1 ice cream after a month of not eating desserts.

Of course, don't go crazy with the rewards and have something major after a week.

5. To Do Lists do help

Well it did help the Bride in Kill Bill
Don't know what to do with your life? Make a To Do list. It helps you focus on stuff you need to do and when you've finished it, it's satisfying!

Hope this stuff helps for the year!


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