How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution

Five tips to help you keep your resolution.

Are you a Tuckahoe, Eastchester or Bronxville resident who's making a resolution this year? Do you want to lose weight, gain a new skill or organize your house? Whatever your resolution is, here are some tips to help you stick to it throughout the year.

1. Make it attainable. Be sure that your resolution is attainable. Sticking to your monthly budget is attainable—making a million dollars may not be.

2. Tell everyone. If you tell everyone about your resolution, you are more likely to keep it. If you want to quit smoking, you can even go as far as telling your friends that you'll give them $50 if they catch you lighting up.

3. Be specific. If you want to get fit in the new year, set a specific goal. For example, instead of saying you want to get fit, say you want to lose 10 pounds and tone your arms and legs.

4. Start small. Create small goals for yourself. If you want to organize your house, assign one room to each month. In January, organize your kitchen. In February, organize your bedroom. In March, your organize your office. In April, you organize your garage, and so on.

5. Write it down. It's important to motivate yourself throughout the year. Write your resolution down on every month in your calendar. Don't let yourself forget about your resolution as the year goes on.

TELL US: What are your New Year's Resolutions? Which ones did you make (and keep) last year? Share in the comments below. 

Gail Farrelly December 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I liked this article. The suggestions are simple, yet VERY good. My main writing goals for 2013 are to publish my book, "LOL: 100 Comic Cameos on Current Events" (it's based on some spoofs I've published), and to have my three published print mystery books converted into ebooks. IF I follow the steps in the above article, I know I'll achieve my goals. But that's a big IF. Ha! Thank you to the PATCH editor and writers for being such wonderful resources for local writers. I feel lucky to have people like you behind me. Happy New Year!


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