Not Keeping Up with Your New Year's Resolution? Turn It into a Daily Resolution

January is coming to an end. Are you still keeping up with your New Year's resolution (if you have one)? If not, let's make an amendment. Let's turn your New Year's resolution into a daily resolution.

Each New Year is a start of a new life. And so is each week. Everyday, in fact, is a new beginning. With this in mind, get your hopes up that no matter how many times you fail to work on your resolution, you can get back on track anytime. This doesn't mean you can leave for tomorrow what you can do today. It means not giving up until you succeed.

It is common for people to make resolutions for the incoming year. However, it is also common to make the mistake of not creating a concrete plan on how to accomplish them. A set of goals without an accompanying plan of action is never far from an idle wish list.

This is where a daily resolution comes in handy. The key is to get down to the details of what your day will look like. I'll give an example. For instance, if your resolution is "to eat healthy and lose weight," you can make the following changes in your schedule to accommodate the steps that lead to achieving your goal:


1) Set aside a time on Saturday night to plan healthy meals for the upcoming week. Take note of the ingredients then make a checklist of groceries to be bought on Sunday.

*Note to self: Don't buy junk foods and canned goods.


2) Go to bed early at night so you can wake up 30 minutes earlier each morning to exercise before eating a healthy breakfast.

*Note to self: I know this is difficult, but don't just wake up when the alarm rings, get up!


3) Share your resolution and game plan to your family and friends who are willing to support you.

*Note to self: Surround yourself with supportive people and don't give in to temptations.


These 3 steps can make a huge difference. You can restructure your new and more productive schedule if needed, like if you want to add an extra 15 minutes to your workout routine, you can wake up 45 minutes earlier. To ease in to this schedule, you might also want to adjust the time you sleep at night a bit earlier. Or, you can make changes gradually. You might want to do exercises every other day instead of every day as a start. The thing is to be realistic and not lose focus at the same time. Do something each day that will lead you to your goal.

If you can make your resolution a part of your day and live with it, you have joined the 8% of people who keep up on the resolution they made at the beginning of the year.

You don't have to wait for the next New Year. Every day, you have a shot of making a brand new start.

40 comments:

  1. Nice to hear from you again, Lea. Hope that all is well with you and yours. I gave up on NY's resolutions a long time ago...I can't keep a one day resolution! :)

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    1. Hi Lowell, I hope all is well with you and your family. Thanks!

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  2. Hello Lea!! Thank you for the comment on my blog. I prefer not to do New Year's resolutions :) I think they are ripe for non-committal and prefer to make life-long changes :)

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  3. I am too old to keep resolutions, but I try do exercise about 3/4hours every night. Thank you Lea.

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    1. That 3/4 hours is something! Thank you, Bob.

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  4. I believe we can monitor our progress if we do it on a daily basis rather than a checklist at the end of the year. I better do something each day so that I can accomplish more and be happy at the end. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Perfectly put! Thank you, Jonathan.

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  5. I didn't really make a resolution, I did do a 'word of the year' art challenge, my word was confidence....I think it's a good word for me to focus on this year.

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  6. Nice post! Even though I didn't make any New Years resolutions, I like the idea that everyday is a new beginning. :)

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  7. Great tips:) I've broken some of my resolutions already, which is not good...sigh....

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    1. It's not too late, Emmylou. Thanks for dropping by!

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  8. Lea, I don't make resolutions... I make goals and I do use a lot of these tips... I have no excuses anymore, if I fall which will happen from time to time... I will not wallow, I will get back up and work harder... I am on a mission to get in the best and healthiest shape of my life and not just physically... Thank you so much for your comment xox

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    1. That is so inspiring. Thanks, Launna!

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  9. Lea, I don't make New Year's resolutions, because I try to better myself on a daily basis. Wonderful post, thank you so much for sharing, and thanks, too, for your kind comment on my blog, I really appreciate it. :)

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. And thank you, too :)

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  10. Hello Lea, greetings and good wishes.

    Very practical, very useful advice.

    We make new year resolutions to better ourselves, to remove our inefficiencies and defects, to counter of lethargy which is dragging us down, to improve our skills and capabilities to tackle our day to day activities, to remove the stress and strain which becomes part and parcel of daily living, to progress and achieve something worthwhile in our lives, to boost up our self esteem and contribute significantly to the society at large.

    The new year resolutions are important because as human beings we have defects and drawbacks. Instead of justifying these drawbacks we take a positive step forward with confidence and courage to get rid of the defects by making new year resolutions. We make in these resolutions in the beginning of the year because we think that is the auspicious time to start. Here are some thoughts on new year resolutions.

    New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. Sarah Ban Breathnach

    The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
    Melody Beattie

    A PERSON WITHOUT A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION IS LIKE A SHIP WITHOUT A RUDDER

    Now comes the question of keeping up with the resolutions we made in the new year. Most of us don't keep up the resolutions which we made in right earnest, with great desire and after careful thought.

    Here in comes in handy your valuable thoughts and advice. Fantastic ideas. Extremely useful..

    New year resolutions are nothing but daily resolutions. If we can monitor the resolutions on a daily basis, then we are on the right track. If we can't keep up the resolution on a given day, then we are going off the track and we can take corrective measures.

    I have made new year resolutions and one of them is to read many books. I was thinking of checking my progress once in three months. Now after reading your post, I think it will be more beneficial to check how much I have read each single day.

    Wish you all the best.


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    1. Wow Joseph, you have a very insightful comment, as usual. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

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  11. Thank you so much for your visit, Lea and especially for your comment. I will try to take your advice here because I'm already beginning to fail with my resolutions.

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    1. You're very welcome, Kay. Glad to hear I can be of help.

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  12. Hi Lea! Thank you for your visit and comment too. It's nice to meet you!
    Like one of your other commenters, I also pick a 'word' of the year, instead of resolutions. My husband and I did start doing the South Beach Diet in September, and are staying on it into the new year. Having a buddy to travel the diet with is really helping us.
    It's very true that just saying you will do something doesn't get it done. It is about accountability, and your list helps with that. May we all take our words and resolutions seriously this year, and get ready for some big changes for the better.
    Have a great weekend!
    Ceil

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    1. Beautifully said! Thank you so much, Ceil. It's a pleasure to meet you.

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  13. Your post was a confirmation for me, Lea. I am (slowly) making healthier choices, but sugar addiction is what I battle. I do try to get to bed earlier and consequently the mornings go better especially if I have everything in order. I like rituals so this is me and I joined a support fitness group last year and it really helps stay accountable!!!!

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    1. That's wonderful! All the best this 2015.

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  14. I like the idea of a daily resolution more than a New Year's resolution. Something to seriously think about.

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  15. Hi Lea!! How are you?

    Daily resolution? Wow... very powerful and positive thinking! Set me thinking....

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    1. Hi Chef! Thanks for dropping by :)

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  16. Great ideas on helping keep your goals for the year! I don't really make resolutions, but have a word for the year to work on, and love that instead of feeling like i have "failed " right away when I don't keep my 'resolutions". Enjoyed your post and thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope your year is going in the direction that you are planning. Best to you from Texas

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    1. Thank you, Jeanne. That "word for the year" is a good trend to follow.

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  17. This is such a lovely and interesting read! Have an awesome new week! :)

    xoxo;
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  18. Nicely written and good advice! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. :)

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    1. No problem, Daisy. Thank you for stopping by.

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  19. Hi Lea, I'm not one for resolutions. But I do reflect as each year passes by and think about what went well/wrong and how I can do better. I liked your post! Thanks also for your comment! Hope you're having a good week so far!

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    1. You're welcome, Audrey. Thank you, too :)

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  20. Hi Lea! Thanks for visiting me over at Refine Me....very nice to meet you my friend! A couple of years ago, I joined some other blogger friends and chose one word to guide me throughout the year instead of the traditional New Year’s resolution. One word that sums up who I want to be or how I chose to live. It has been powerful for me; whenever I stray from the word it appears and reminds me of the commitment I made! :) Love your suggestions above; I actually do plan meals for the week along with all the ingredients to have on hand....need to work on that exercise routine thing though! Ha ha!! Blessings dear one; have a week full of joy! Denise

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    1. Hi Denise, you're welcome. That is a really great idea, I would definitely do that, too. Thank you so much and nice to meet you as well.

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