So a month ago many of you were probably feeling excited about the new year with a list of changes, or resolutions, that you wanted to make. Unfortunately not all of you are able to keep those resolutions and you end up making them year after year in an endless loop.
I want to lose weight…
I want to quit smoking…
I want to go back to college…
Here at TMG we understand that sometimes, life happens, and you’re not the only out there trying to juggle many things at once. Here is a one month check-in you can make to see how you’re doing, and some tips to stay on track.
Well first of all you’ve got to know that you’re not alone. I’ve already tackled, or am in the process of tackling the list you see above. Two years ago I quit smoking, I’m successfully losing some weight, and I start school again in a few weeks. This is on top of having a career, a wife, two active kids, and hobbies of my own, so nobody said this would be easy!
Set Yourself Up To Succeed
The best advice I have is to make sure your goals are realistic. Take a minute to review yours and see if they’re actually ones you feel that you can follow through with. Now that it’s been a month, do you think you’re on track? It’s ok to readjust your goals to make them attainable or even create new ones based on your findings.
Use Technology As A Tool
Find ways to use technology to make tracking or meeting your goals easier. For example, spreadsheets are a dead simple and great way of tracking your progress throughout the year.
For my weight loss goal, I use the following:
- I use the DailyBurn iPhone app to track my weight. It has popup reminders if I haven’t entered data within a set number of days.
- If I find that I’ve been slacking, I block off time on my calendar to exercise. This helps me mentally if I plan my evening and “book” myself to workout.
It’s Never Too Late To Start
You still haven’t gotten started on your 2011 resolutiosn yet? That’s ok, you don’t have to wait until next year to make a new resolution. They really are just new goals or life changes and you can make them any time. Start with something simple and get started TODAY… That’s right I said TODAY, because if you wait to do it tomorrow, guess what you’re excuse will be? Exactly, “I’ll do it tomorrow”.