Posted: 3:32 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Five tips for getting your new year’s resolutions back on track — and staying there
1. Think big and start small.
Will you be able to run a half-marathon next month? Probably not. But you can walk a little farther today than you did yesterday. Take those small steps, and they will build on one another.
2. Don’t keep your goals a secret.
Start spreading the word to friends, family, colleagues about your plans to improve your life. They can help keep you accountable, and can also be sources of support. Next time you are beating yourself up over slipping in your goal, they can remind you tomorrow is another day.
3. Keep a daily log.
Getting your goals on paper is a good exercise. Track the changes you are making and analyze what’s working — and what’s not.
4. Remember change can be uncomfortable.
Even if it’s a good change — going from the couch to the gym can feel downright weird. Give it time, and little by little, these changes will start feeling right.
5. Don’t beat yourself up.
No one ever sticks to a plan 100 percent. We all slide back into our old habits from time to time — it’s human nature and imperfection at its finest. So just resolve to get back on track the next day. (One bad meal doesn’t mean a 10-pound weight gain. One cigarette doesn’t make you addicted. And one day of clutter does not put you back to where you started.)
Sources: Wendy Ellin, Atlanta-based workplace productivity consultant and author of the book “Enough Is Enough: Get Control of Your Stuff,” and Tom Connellan, author of “The 1% Solution for Work and Life: How to Make Your Next 30 Days the Best Ever”