Generally, most New Year Resolutions (NYR’s) are made in the last few weeks of December, where the majority of the working weeks have been spent going to festive drinks or stuffing our faces, ‘all in the name of Christmas’. The last week of December- when you are feeling like a right lard arse- is when the NYR’s chat really starts to gain some momentum.
The standard ones we’re all bored to tears of, but give much airtime to:
- To get fit.
- To abstain from alcohol.
- To take up a hobby.
- To give up something.
Whilst not everyone is an absolute reprobate on New Year’s Eve, a solid few of us will not find waking up on January 1st an exactly joyous occasion. That ‘new year, new me’ freshness isn’t quite as easy to give off when you’ve had half a bottle of tequila, an entire bag of potato chips and a thump to the head when you passed out at 4am on someone’s floor. Which is why, instead of going for the stereotypical NYR’s we are keen to share some words of wisdom for actually getting sh*t done this year. Vitally, we would suggest giving yourself a day or two to fully recover from the New Year’s celebrations before tackling these – you’re only human after all.
1. Define What It is You Want to Accomplish and Set Goals
The reason why general resolutions such as ‘exercise more’ are somewhat flakey to uphold, is because there are no goals or targets to hit. The vagueness allows you to pick and choose when said NYR is applicable to you. If it’s raining or looking especially cold outside, you’ll retreat to the ‘get out of jail’ card that is: tomorrow. Bear in mind London is a place that will frequently be cold and wet in January, which will mean you will frequently be allowing yourself the ‘day off’. Define exactly what it is you want and make yourself goals to adhere to. Suddenly the ‘get out of jail’ card isn’t so readily there, because you know by the end of January you will needed to have achieved/saved/done X and by March you will have needed to likewise achieved/saved/done Y. What is more, when you hit these goals you will feel incentivised to hit the next one.
2. Refrain from using social media
It’s tough to not automatically head straight to a social network such as Facebook or Instagram when you log onto your phone or laptop. It’s almost second nature, but the problem is, more often than not ‘tapping into’ these apps, can easily turn into a solid hour of mindless surfing. Or worse, when you get sucked into a video chain- where that one video on your feed, has suddenly amassed to a further 300 other videos later. It’s a waste of time, it gets you off track and it can also be highly demotivating. Therefore, we would suggest (if you can bear it) deleting your apps. Then log in manually when you first wake up, on your lunch break or in the evening. Don’t let social media burn through your time and distract you from the real tasks at hand.
3. Draw Up the Golden To-Do List
No, we don’t mean tasks such as doing your washing as much as we all secretly congratulate ourselves on this one. We’re referring to the golden list of things that have been hanging over you. The things we know we actually have to do, but allow ourselves to put off because we can’t bear to do them. These are the tasks we admittedly can’t quite face doing, because they will more often than not either:
- Take up a lot of time.
- Not make us feel great whilst we do them.
However, spin it on its head. The more you allow these tasks to drag on, the more they’ll be at the back of your subconscious, dragging you down. Have a day where you just target your golden list – yes, it will be painful, but you’ll feel great afterwards knowing it’s done. Aim for the ‘after’ feeling as opposed to the ‘before’ and ‘during’ feeling.
4. Get accountable with someone
If the only person who is holding yourself accountable is you, then there is a high chance you probably won’t beat yourself up for too long if you don’t do the things that you said you would. Get someone on board, that you can check in with – try not to make this person a good friend who will let you off, rather a colleague or a mentor. Declare what you’ll be doing that day/week and make them hold you to it. There is an element of pride in all of us and we want to show others that we can do the things that we say we’ll do.
There is nothing like a bit of motivation to get sh*t done like rewarding yourself. It doesn’t matter how old you are, this is applicable to everyone. By achieving the tasks and goals you said you’d reach, you can now reap the rewards. It’s a great incentive and will make the rewards feel that much more deserved.
Finally, don’t beat yourself up too much if you go off track but try your hardest to be strict with yourself. Ultimately, the person missing out if you give up completely is you; however, it’s only the start of the New Year so it gives you an entire 12 months of trying and hopefully getting your sh*t done.