How to Stick to Your Resolutions
Posted 18/02/2014 by BrightHouse Team
If the New Year’s resolutions you made last month already seem like a distant memory, then we may have some help to get you back on track. At least a third of all resolutions made will have been broken by now, as people get distracted by other obligations and interests.
One of the problems is that most people end up making their resolutions too broad, such as ‘lose weight’, or ‘be more organised’. Setting over-ambitious, unrealistic goals are likely to make you feel like you’re failing, and cause you to give up before you even start.
Finding small ways to make your goals more enjoyable, and choosing more achievable milestones, will help you to stay on track. We've come up with a few tips on how to stick to your resolutions, as well as some handy apps and gadgets:
Lose weight/improve fitness
One of the best things you can do is tell a friend or family member about your resolution, as they can help to keep you on track and provide you with support, or even better – share your resolution. To have someone to go to the gym or out jogging with makes it much easier to stick to your weight-loss or fitness plans, as you can keep each other motivated and support each other’s goals. You can also play sports together such as badminton or tennis, making keeping fit more fun.
If you don’t really have the time, or don’t fancy wearing shorts and trainers in public, then you could exercise at home using the Xbox Kinect. Both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One bundles at BrightHouse include the Kinect system, which allows you to play the free Xbox Fitness game without the need for any controllers. This also gives you a plan to follow, just as if you had a personal trainer.
Be better organised
If you find you’re always in a rush, and never seem to be able to find what you need when you need it, then you might have made the resolution to become more organised. Again, it’s important to focus on specific areas, rather than thinking you can completely change yourself into a model of punctuality and order. If you’re always losing things, then have a single area for things you’ll need for tomorrow – keys, bags, letters that need posting etc. Just put them all in the same place as soon as you know you need them, such as a specific box or shelf.
If always being late is your thing, set your alarms - and your internal clock - quarter of an hour early. If you know you need to leave the house by half past, instead say that you need to leave the house at quarter past. Start getting ready quarter of an hour before you think you need to, and, even with your usual dithering, you should be on time. Developing this habit will really help you to stay on time. Just always overestimate how much time you need by 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed how effective it is.
Learn something new
Deciding to learn a new language or just broaden your knowledge horizons can seem like a daunting ambition, but through modern technology it can be simple and fun.
If you want to learn a new language, then download a free app such as DuoLingo, which turns learning into a game, with levels and achievements to attain as you progress. You can have a go on it for a few minutes at a time while you’re in a waiting room or on the bus, rather than sitting for hours at a time at a computer or with a book.
With DailyArt you can receive a new masterpiece on your phone once a day, with snippets of information and facts about the artist and their work.
If you want to generally improve your brainpower, then you could try FitBrains – an app that will help enhance your focus, problem solving, and memory.