Making New Years Resolutions? Let’s be realistic…

For most people, the New Year brings with it a daunting list of resolutions and the promise of making drastic life changes. Every year we hear the same things about joining gyms, losing weight, career changes and plans for World travel. All of which can be summed up by the commonly used phrase ‘New Year New Me’. The reason that more than half of all New Year’s resolutions fail is due them being so overwhelming and sometimes unrealistic. You don’t need a list as long as your Christmas shopping to feel you are engaging in this life long tradition. Your New Year’s resolution this year is to set a realistic goal that has some meaning to you.

The point of making New Year’s resolutions isn’t to completely change aspects of our lives and our image, you don’t become a new person overnight! The idea is to

 reflect on the year that has just passed and see if there are any small positive changes we can make to our lives over the coming year. There are a few important things to remember:


1. Think Small!

Don’t set major, unrealistic goals for yourself. Successful New Year’s Resolutions will be achievable goals.


2. Stop Procrastinating

It’s one the most common resolutions but is often overlooked. Make yourself a promise to be more proactive this year and take on that ‘go-getter’ attitude. Don’t wait around for others to make decisions, take control of your life.


3. Take some chances

What’s life without a bit of risk?  Take a chance here and there throughout life. You never know, it could pay off.


4. Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby

Try something different this year. Having the same repetitive routine can become dull so why not mix it up. New hobbies can also be a great way of reducing stress.


5. Social Interaction NOT Social Media

While social media & technology have become a major part of our lives, it’s important to cut down on the amount of time spent online on our phones, laptops, tablets…the list goes on! Spending time with people that matter to you is a lot more valuable than scrolling aimlessly through Facebook or Instagram.


One last thing; write down your resolutions. These goals shouldn’t just be for the month of January, they should be revisited every few weeks to remind yourself of what you have achieved so far and what you can work towards.

Carla Bolger, Research and Recruitment Consultant