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Hoping to start a new habit or achieve a big goal in 2022, here are some practical and simple ways you can ensure that you stick to them

With 2022 fast approaching, most of us are probably already planning what we would like to achieve or accomplish in the upcoming year. Resolution-making, after all, is pretty common this time of year. 

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However, studies have shown that less than 25 per cent of people stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days. According to Forbes, only eight per cent actually accomplish them.

This tends to happen because most people tend to start with ambitious and unrealistic goals without figuring out how to work them into their lives first. These goals then fall to the wayside because there is a lack of planning and simply unsustainable. 

If you don’t want to end up forgoing your resolutions after a couple of weeks in 2022, read our tips below so that you can crush your goals this year.

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Be specific and focused

While it may be tempting to try to cram as many goals as possible into your resolution list, a helpful suggestion may be to choose two to three manageable goals that you can achieve in 2022. 

This will help you remain focused and not overwhelm you. After all, it’s quality over quantity here. 

Once you have shortlisted your goals, a good idea would be to rework them such that they are more specific. For example, many people tend to express wanting to lose weight. 

Instead of simply saying that (which can be very unhelpful because it is so ambiguous), try to specify your goals. For example, try stating that you want to lose five kilograms by June 2022. 

Make sure that your goals are realistic and achievable. This will help you actually achieve them rather than giving up halfway simply because you know you will not be able to make it.

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Start planning early and focus on small steps

We all know the famous phrase that says that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. While it is cliched, we have to admit that it’s true. When it comes to your goals, creating a detailed plan can really make the difference between succeeding and not. 

For example, you may want to lose five kilograms by June 2022 but how exactly are you planning to do it? Will you need to change your schedule to accommodate the fact that we are returning physically to offices in January?

Consider all the potential pitfalls and come up with a plan that is clear but also flexible enough for daily life. 

Tatler Tip

Getting organised is a great way to ensure that you stick to your goals so before the year begins, get yourself a planner that is best suited to your lifestyle and plan out your meals, when you will exercise, when you will journal, meditate or whatever your focus is.

These planners are also great because it gives you a sense of accomplishment as your finish your tasks and can motivate you further to complete your goals.

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Start now

Many people like to wait till the first day of the new year to get started on their goals. While the first day of the year is a great starting point, sometimes, it can really help to just start on the day you commit to your goal while you are still feeling excited and energised by it. 

Realistically, new year goals simply tend to be symbolic and you can actually commit to changing your life at any point in the year.

So if you’re feeling like going for a run today or like you want to pick up a pen to start journaling, follow that urge and go for it today.  

Tatler Tip

It generally takes people between 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic, according to Heathline. This time frame is applicable throughout the year so you can really get started at any point.  

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Get a friend in on it

The easiest way to stick to a goal is to tell someone about it. Once you put your goals out in the open, your friends and family will hold you accountable to them. 

Another option is to commit to a goal together with a friend. Perhaps you and your friend can make a commitment to visit the gym three times a week. When you feel like missing a day or giving up, you will have a friend to remind you why you started and to encourage you to keep going and vice versa. 

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Be willing to constantly reevaluate

One of the key things that you need to do to ensure that you don’t give up on your goals in the first week of January is to be consistent and focused when it comes to reevaluating them and your plans to achieve them. 

Be willing to reevaluate your goals consistently to ensure that you stay on track to achieving them. At the end of the day, no matter how big or small your goal is, know that with the right mindset and planning, you will be able to achieve it. 

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