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How to set a New Year's Resolution that sticks


As this year comes to a close, it's inevitable to start thinking about all of the things we'd like to accomplish in 2017.

Use Change Psychology to make goals/habits or resolutions for the New Year, stick.

From Leo Babauta's best-selling The Power of Less:

  • Do only one habit at a time. Do not break this rule, because I assure you that if you do multiple habits at once, you will be much less likely to succeed. Trust me – I’ve tried both ways many times, and in my experience, there is 100% failure for forming multiple habits at once and a 50-80% success if you do just one habit at a time – depending on whether you follow the rest of these rules.
  • Choose an easy goal. Don’t decide to do something really hard, at least for now. Later, when you’re good at habit changes, you can choose something harder. But for now, do something you know you can do every day. In fact, choose something easier than you think you can do every day. If you think you can exercise for 30 minutes a day, choose 10 minutes – making it super easy is one of the surest ways to ensure you’ll succeed.
  • Choose something measurable. You should be able to say, definitively, whether you were successful or not today. If you choose exercise, set a number of minutes or something similar (20 minutes of exercise daily, for example). Whatever your goal, have a measurement.
  • Be consistent. You want to do your habit change at the same time every day, if possible. If you’re going to exercise, do it at 7 a.m. (or 6 p.m.) every day, for example. This makes it more likely to become a habit.
  • Report/Record daily. You could check in every 2 or 3 days, but you’ll be more likely to succeed if you report daily. 
  • Keep a positive attitude! Expect setbacks now and then, but just note them and move on.”