Goal Setting Activity - 5 Simple Ways To Keep New Year's Resolutions

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The easiest way to achieve a goal is to do a simple goal setting activity. Here are 5 goal setting activities that will help you commit to and achieve your new year's resolutions.

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I explain these methods using myself as an example and my success as proof that this works. Enjoy and good luck!

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5 Simple Ways To Keep New Year's Resolutions

1. Be specific.

Be REALLY specific. Instead of just saying that you're going to lose weight, specify how you are going to do it, how much weight you want to lose and any other details you can think of. Losing weight becomes...I'm going to lose 15 pounds by hula hooping on a regular basis.

2. Break it down.

Make molehills out of mountains with this goal setting activity. Break down your resolutions into small, doable tasks. I'm going to lose 15 pounds by hula hooping for 15 minutes a day for 3 days each week. That's a total of 45 minutes a week...so doable!

3. Tell someone.

Or in my case, tell the whole world! Yes, this hula hooping example I've been using is real and it was one of my 2012 new years resolutions. I kept myself accountable by telling my family and friends that I had started hula hooping for exercise. Then I started posting videos on YouTube of my progress, and I gained a following. Hence, I really stuck with it...after all, I couldn't let my fans down!

4. Schedule time for it.

Knowing myself, I get things done when they are on my calendar. I picked time slots that were realistic and scheduled appointments each week for these 15 minute hula hooping sessions for a few months. I recommend you do this until this resolution has become a habit. In my case, I really started to love hula hooping to the point that I now do it for 30 minutes to an hour almost every day of the week without scheduling it and without "making" myself do it!

5. Track your progress.

Reward yourself when you make positive progress, and cut yourself some slack when you don't. Whenever I lost a pound or learned a new hula hooping trick, I would announce it to my husband for some praise. If I missed a hula hooping session, then I would do it a little longer the next day and not dwell on it.

Using a goal setting activity (or two or three or four or five!) doesn't only work for new years resolutions. Learn how to set realistic goals and about reaching all the aims you set for yourself!


Time Timer
This visual timer is awesome and very popular! Set the amount of time you want to spend on a task and go.

Getting Things Done
Getting Things Done is THE productivity book and is a great starting point for anyone looking to build their time management foundation on something strong. I highly recommend it.

The Miracle Cube Timer
This simple timer has rave reviews! Set it by resting it with the desired time facing up, and a loud alarm sounds when the appropriate amount of time has passed.

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