Hit Restart – Give Your Resolutions a Second Chance

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So, January is almost up and your New Year’s Resolutions haven’t quite gotten underway. Fear not, you can still hit the “Restart” button and have a successful 2011.

The following steps will get you back on-track with your resolutions today.

Let Yourself Off the Guilt Hook

Begin by reminding yourself that all hope is not lost – far from it. Perhaps you lost sight of your goals during post-holiday recovery mode, or maybe you got busy and didn’t set goals – it doesn’t matter. Instead, choose to keep your head up and move forward.

Here’s how:

  • Focus on the positive. The important idea is that you want to move forward and improve your life in 2011. By choosing to restart your resolutions you put yourself ahead of the countless people who have already given up on change.
  • Don’t look back. Here’s permission to let go of your January missteps. So, forget the unused treadmill, the costly meals out, and the recent diet-busting trips to the snack machine. Next December you will only measure yourself by your long-term success.

Start Fresh

This is a second chance, so get out with the old and in with the new. In order to put your Resolution restart in motion you’ll need a new plan.

Include these steps:

  • Review your aspirations for this year and focus not just on what you want but why. Decide now whether each individual goal is something you really want.
  • Write out your New Year’s Resolutions on a fresh sheet in your planner. Be sure to follow the SMART goal setting process as discussed in our New Year’s Resolution Guide.
  • Write goal-related tasks that are both actionable and achievable. Use descriptive words and try creating tasks that do not require extraordinary effort.

Create a New Habit

Let’s face it, New Year’s Resolutions do not come easy. It requires making new habits to replace old ones. Start February by scheduling a series of easy routines that will offer you small glimpses of success.

Here are some examples:

  • Create a morning routine of making breakfast and a sack lunch – a step that can satisfy both nutritional and financial goals
  • Skip one elevator or escalator each day – stairs offer an easy and effective workout
  • Check your finances and pay your bills every Sunday before dinner, a useful task while your spouse is busy cooking
  • Plan and prioritize your day each morning over your first cup of coffee
  • Listen to an educational podcast once a week during your morning commute

It’s Not Too Late!

New Year’s Resolutions are part of a continual growth process that may hit a few obstacles. So it’s important to invest yourself into the process. Having a visual record of this process creates a clear and effective path to success.

In order to help you with your restart process, Day-Timer has a special offer of planners available to you at discounted prices. Check them out while supplies last. It’s not too late to get a second chance at the New Year!

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Jeff Doubek Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at jeff.doubek@daytimer.com