6 tips on staying accountable to your Resolutions!
Every year I make a list and call it my New Year Resolutions. I always manage to stick to my resolutions for like two weeks into January and after that, I completely give up or just forget about it. Well, not this year! I will be using my Bullet Journal and this blog to stay accountable, sharing tips that will help you and I stay motivated throughout the year. It is never too late to create your New Year Resolutions! I was too busy before the New Year to sit down and think of what I wanted to accomplish this new year and spent the first two weeks of it in another country. So below I will list six steps you can follow to stay accountable to your Resolutions and actually make those goals/wishes come true. Stay tuned for what my Resolutions are!
1. Write them down
Writing down what you want to do makes it more realistic. You have somewhere to look to when you steer off the tracks and need a push again. Typing them into your computer and or phone and also writing them down by hand on a notebook helps. I have my goals on a page on my computer that is saved on my desktop. I click on it every other week just to read throughout and see how my process is going mentally.
Why do you want to accomplish that? How will it affect you? Making note of why you want to do something makes it become more real. You are truly coming up with the real reason why you are after that goal. Do you want to lose weight? Why? What do you gain from it? How will it affect you in the end? Is it going to make you happy? But how? Questioning yourself helps get to the deeper meaning of why you are doing something. Writing down why will help you. You will read it and understand why you are after that and help you feel what you were feeling when you first came up with that goal.
3. Post where you can see
Write it either by hand or on a computer, print them and paste it in your bedroom, in your bathroom, in your kitchen, in your living room. It may look silly but posting it in places where you will most likely see it will help you accomplish your goal in the log run. There are times where I forget that I want to lose weight because the food is just so good. But, seeing my list in my refrigerator helps me pick up that apple instead of that cupcake. If you are unable to paste everywhere then just paste it in your bedroom and you can even take a picture of it and save it as a screensaver in your phone or background on your computer.
4. The buddy system
This step isn’t really required but having someone to be with you as you are working towards your goals can help because it is another means to staying accountable. You can keep each other motivated as you both work towards achieving something. You do not even have to be on the same goal just in communication with each other and letting each other know of the ups and downs as you work. If you do not have anyone to share your goals with then do not worry! You can comment below and we can motivate each other. If not, you can still accomplish your goals without someone else, just stay accountable to yourself and write it down. Write everything down.
5. Reward yourself
Rewarding yourself aside from accomplishing your goal helps you stay motivated. It doesn’t have to be a new car but you have to make sure you reward yourself somehow, it makes the time more enjoyable. A trip to the mall, a new pair of earrings, etc., You will look forward to the end reward, you will enjoy the reward better knowing you deserved it for accomplishing your goal.
6. Create a motivational wall
One last thing that I know will help stay motivated throughout the process is to create a motivational board or wall. If you are unable to create the above, then you can even use a notebook or a binder, it is just a place where you will have pictures and quotes of things that motivate you.
Just because you follow these six steps does not mean you will accomplish your goals if you don’t put work into it. For example, you can’t say you will lose weight, follow the steps and yet eat junk food 24/7. You have to want it and also work on it. But these steps will help you stay motivated to continue doing what you have to do.
What are things you do to stay accountable?