It happens every year: we make a New Year’s Resolutions to exercise more or eat less junk or get more sleep, and every year come February those resolutions go out the window completely unachieved. February 24th, to be exact. It what Gold’s Gym refers to as the “Fitness Cliff“—after mining through their membership records, they found that the number of check-ins significantly decreased by that time.
But sticking to any resolution, not just one to get in shape, is hard. We want the end result, but we don’t necessarily like or want all of the effort that goes into getting there. The same can be said for changing the way we eat, re-decorating our homes, getting a new job, or just generally re-vamping something about ourselves that we feel needs re-vamping. We get it: life is hard. But that doesn’t mean you should fall victim to the February 24th trap! Here are some things to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions this year:
1. Write it down. I know I won’t get something done if I don’t have it written down somewhere extremely visible. Try clipping a note on your mirror or even putting a daily alert on your phone—anything that forces you to remember the resolution you’ve made on a regular basis.
2. Find discounts. Sometimes we all need a little bit of help. If you’re trying to do more yoga or have a healthier diet, these Groupons are perfect for you!
3. Find online support. Chances are someone out there has the same resolution as you, and they might have even found a great way to make it happen! For example, if your New Year’s Resolution is to get better skin, on a deadline or otherwise, these tips are a good place to start.
4. Tell someone about your resolution. Your more likely to stick to a goal if someone else knows about it–preferably someone with a particularly curious mind, to put it lightly. I know that whenever I tell anyone in my family about goals to eat better or lose weight, they always bring it up, and now I don’t have my own expectations to live up to, but I have theirs as well. Higher stakes might just make the resolutions stick.
5. Don’t torture yourself. It’s okay if you’re not as on-track with your resolution as you want to be. If you beat yourself up, you’ll just set yourself back, and it’s not worth it in the long run. Keep in mind it’s only the beginning of February, you have plenty of time.
6. Draw inspiration from wherever you can. Obviously you need to consider your own life and how your resolutions fit into it, but sometimes taking a peek at some celebrity resolutions can light a fire under you.
7. Watch your mouth. We don’t always realize it, but when we say things like, “I deserve to take a break,” or “I worked so hard today, so I’m just going to go home and relax,” we put ourselves in a mindset that de-prioritizes our resolutions. You probably do deserve to take a break, and I’m sure you did work very hard, and once in a while it’s okay to feel those things. But, if you really want to survive the February 24th curse, you may need to change the way you talk to yourself.
8. Go easy on yourself. Wherever you can catch a break, take it. These 10 products make your resolutions a little bit easier.