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Your Guide To Writing The Perfect Set of New Year Resolutions

Your Guide To Writing The Perfect Set of New Year Resolutions

So you still haven’t given up on new year resolutions, or better known in its truncated form as NYRs. For you the die-hard resolution maker, I have a couple of pointers for you to make sure that this year’s list would be better than the last, and hopefully more effective in helping you achieve your goals for the spankin’ new year.

Find last year’s list and see what you have accomplished (and what you have not).
Chances are, you didn’t fulfil every single one of your NYR. Chances are, every year, when the time rolls around for you to write The List, you get a little greedy and make a list so long by the time you get to the end of it, you’re already convinced that it would yet another year where you can’t fulfil all your resolutions. But fret not, for help is on the way!

Reflect on why and how you did not accomplish some (or all) of them.
Note down what you did not accomplish last year and add it to this year’s list. Yes, it SNOWBALLS. More importantly, sit down for a few minutes and think about why and how you did not manage to fulfil that new year resolution. Let’s say you promised yourself to “Lose a few more pounds so I can fit into a smaller size”, and you didn’t and probably gained 2 more. Was it that you weren’t strict enough on your diet or that you have people around you who inadvertently fueled you on your snacking habit?

Eliminate the causes of your failure to fulfil your resolutions.
You wanted to drink less designer coffee so you can save money for that trip to Hawaii but you couldn’t resist it everytime you walk past Starbucks on your way to school/work. Solution: drink your coffee at home or make a detour so you won’t walk past the joint.

Be specific.
“Learn something new” is hardly awe-inspiring. How about “Learn how to cook Mediterranean cuisine from Salvatore, every Thursday after work”? Writing down something specific not only gives yourself more direction about what you would be doing, it provides you a greater sense of reality on the event actually materialising in your life, and not just being a vague ‘something’ in the horizon for you.

Keep it simple!
It seems contradictory after my above point of being specific. Yes you can be simple AND specific at the same time! Streamline your resolutions, don’t over-complicate things to the point that looking at it makes you dreary and tired. Counter-example: “I promise to visit my friends at least twice a month, go for coffee and set up a book club so we can have things to talk about and spend more quality time together.” What would have worked better: “Meet up with friends twice a month for lunch/dinner.” What is understood need not be written down, and if you couldn’t make it at least twice in the past, twice is already a feat, it’s not like you will ever have the time for more than that, so putting in ‘at least’ is totally unnecessary.

Don’t overload!
An ideal length for a NYR list would be 3 to 5, but if you are a highly motivated individual, you can aim for 7. If you go for 10, don’t be too disappointed if you can’t manage them all at the end of the year. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Don’t stress overly on your NYRs and constantly reward yourself whenever you take a little step towards achieving your goal. And, PLEASE, don’t get that gym subscription. The money is better spent on a little rewarding holiday and most people end up giving it up by the end of January anyway.

Best of luck, people! 🙂


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