Five ways to keep New Year’s resolutions

By USHA BAUBLITZ
Susquehannock High School

1. Create a daily reminder

This is a good method for anyone who has trouble remembering specific things, such as where you put your shoes before you went to bed or what you were supposed to do when you woke up this morning. A daily reminder, such as a sticky note on your steering wheel or a sign on your mirror, might help refresh your memory and your determination to uphold your resolution.

2. Ask someone to monitor you

If a sticky note isn’t enough of a reminder, ask someone to help keep you on track. A family member or friend might make a bigger impression than a piece of paper, especially if your resolution is part of your daily routine. For example, if you want to wake up earlier, ask one of your early rising friends to call you.

3. Use the buddy system

If you’re worried about forgetting your resolution or that the other methods might not work, ask someone else to keep up the resolution with you, and hold each other accountable for any slip-ups. This system could lead to some healthy competition. For example, if your goal is to get back into shape, grab a friend and go to the gym together so your workout isn’t so monotonous and boring.

4. Create a checklist

This method should work for someone who has a busy schedule. Write your resolution or goal at the top of a piece of paper. Then start from the bottom, and write all the things you think you might need to do to reach that goal. This is a good method for someone who wants to eat healthier, like me. The best idea is to start small. So at the bottom of the paper I might write, “Eat one serving of a fruit and vegetable every day for one week.” Then, on the next line up, I might write, “Eat one junk food only on the weekend.” Continue from there, making each line a little stricter and healthier. This checklist will not only get me into the habit of eating healthier, but it will allow me to manage my resolution within a specific time frame, despite my busy schedule.

5. Don’t sacrifice one thing for another

Many people break New Year’s resolutions because they feel they don’t have the time to commit. Some think they have to sacrifice some part of their lives to make room for their resolution. This is just an excuse for people who don’t want to put the effort into making the resolution work. A resolution isn’t meant to be a new task or an addition to one’s agenda but an improvement of one’s lifestyle. A resolution doesn’t have to be a big change; it can be as simple as deciding to walk down the street for a sandwich during your lunch break or to pack a healthy lunch.

About Samantha Dellinger

I'm a graphic/media artist at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Outside of work, I keep busy as a freelance illustrator. When I'm not creating art, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. I also have a somewhat crazy obsession about my English bulldog, Diesel. I do not like feet, clowns, ferris wheels and hangnails. I'm a fan of 80's new wave music. I love the Pet Shop Boys!
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