You’ve set your New Year Resolutions, now you need to keep track of them!

You’ve set your New Year Resolutions, now you need to keep track of them!

So many people set New Years Resolutions and/or goals. 

So many people fail to achieve them…causeing unhappiness and disappointment. 

One common mistake many make is to not effectively track their progress towards their goals; the flip side of this is that those who enjoy the most happiness and success in life don't just set goals, they do, but they also monitor and track their progress each and every step along the way. 

If this is an area you think you could improve on then read this great article…

by Christine Carter from the Greater Good

You already know this: More than half of people who make New Year’s resolutions give up on them by June.

Don’t join this failing 50 percent in 2015! Instead, follow these three research-based strategies for making resolutions that stick.

Make your resolution a habit, not a goal.

Your goals for 2015 might include losing 10 pounds, or totally clearing your house of clutter, or finding a new job. All of these might be goals worth setting, and they all involve a lot of different behaviors—and, therefore, a lot of opportunities for failure.

Simple behaviors that can become habits that automatically help you achieve your goals make better resolutions than grandiose goals. For example, resolve to eat an apple every afternoon instead of a cookie, or spend 10 minutes each weeknight before bed cleaning out a shelf or a drawer, or send one networking email every morning before you leave for work.

For something to become a habit, there needs to be something else that triggers the new behavior—a regular, uniform stimulus that tells you its time to perform this behavior. My morning meditation is triggered by my alarm going off at about the same time every day.

If you have a habit in mind that you don’t want to do every day, choose a trigger that occurs only occasionally—i.e., at the times when you want to perform that new behavior regularly down the line.

For example, “Do a 30-minute yoga video twice a week” isn’t a habit. It’s a to-do item for your task list because there’s no clear trigger, and therefore no clear way to make it a routine for you. If you want to squeeze that twice-weekly yoga into your schedule, a better approach would be to say, “I’ll pop in my 30-minute yoga video after dropping the kids off at soccer practice on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.”

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