I always love the start of a new year. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on myself and my life and what I can do to make the new year a great one. Naturally, this leads to setting New Year’s Resolutions. A few years ago, I realized the importance of not just setting an intention or a resolution, but developing a written plan for how to accomplish what you set out to.
If you want to actually stick to your New Year’s Resolutions in 2022, keep reading! I’ve got a plan that could work for you.
- First, determine what you want to accomplish. What is your ideal vision for yourself and your life? Do you want to lose weight? Save money? Be a better family member, friend, or partner? Take a trip? Change your career? Or best yet, buy a home? Make a list of things you want to accomplish in the various areas of your life.
- Make the resolution “smart”. Meaning, make sure they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound. So instead of saying you want to lose weight, reframe it with more detail. For example, I will weigh ___ by the end of 2022 (or by a certain date). Or, I will lose ___ pounds per month. Having specific numbers and timeframes makes it easier to gauge if you are on track.
- Write out WHY you want what you want. It’s helpful to go back and read the WHY behind your resolutions when you start to lose momentum.
- Then, determine the HABITS you need to accomplish the goal. What needs to happen and how frequently? For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds from January 1st to March 31st, what would you need to do to accomplish it? How often do you need to work out? What should you add or subtract to/from your diet? Try not to make it too complicated.
Once you know the vision of what you want, why you want it and what you need to do to achieve it, it’s time to make a plan to actually do it!
- Put the habits into your calendar. For example, which workouts will you plan to do and when? Same goes for the diet. What do you need to do to stick to that? Schedule a trip to a healthier grocery store or time to cook healthier meals? Add what you need to do to your calendar so you actually do it.
- Get buy-in from people around you who can help you commit to the habits. Let them know what you are planning to do and why it’s important. Having a cheerleader and someone around who can help when a conflict comes up is so important.
- Create a habits tracker. I print one out each week and put it in my kitchen with all of the tiny habits and tasks I need to do that will get me closer to achieving my resolutions. I know not everyone is as Type A as me, but there is something satisfying about checking things off and feeling accomplished!
Now, you have an actionable plan to get to your goals. To stay motivated, I recommend the following.
- Make a vision board or have an inspirational quote or image nearby that you will see frequently to remind yourself of what you are trying to accomplish and achieve.
- Review your resolutions and the WHY behind them at least once a month, if not weekly. When you review, see if you need to make changes to the goal itself or the habits required to achieve it. Don’t beat yourself up if adjustments are needed. It’s all about forward progress and giving yourself the opportunity every day to get closer to that ideal vision for yourself and your life.
Here’s to working towards a happy and healthy 2022, a year to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions! I believe in you 🙂
PS – If buying a home is one of your resolutions in 2022, please reach out! We’d love to help. You can also read our financial guide to buying a home, download our first time buyers guide, or read my tips on saving money to buy a new home – and why it is so important to get into the real estate market!