Reality Check on New Year’s Resolutions

  • Sensible versus Realistic. Most resolutions are sensible. In other words, they are reasonable things to attain. However, choosing a resolution that is realistic is one that is likely to happen.
  • Write out your goals or resolutions. Post this somewhere you’ll see on a daily basis. I.e. inside your planner, on your Outlook Task list, on your bathroom mirror.
  • Be very specific in setting new goals and resolutions. Don’t just think “I want to lose 25 pounds”.  Instead, write down a specific game plan for losing 25 pounds. See attached example.
  • Consider doing “less” of things versus stopping all together.  I.e. overeating, smoking, drinking, procrastinating, being late for meetings. This is a great example of being realisticversus sensible.
  • Accountability.  Choose a friend that can help you stay on task. Ask this individual to check in with you twice a week to see how you’re doing. Just knowing they’re going to be called will sometimes be the motivation you need to stay on track.
  • Strategize. Try to anticipate things that could happen which will interfere with your resolutions. When these interruptions occur, and they will, you won’t be surprised nor derailed for very long.
  • Reward yourself. Instant gratification is important as you strive towards your goal and any opportunity for a mini-reward along the way will be helpful.
  • Perseverance & Patience. Remind yourself that it takes 3 weeks or 21 days to create a new habit and up to six months for it to become a natural part of who you are.

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