How well are you sticking to your New Year’s resolutions? If you’re like many people, you’re probably going to break it.
The 7th of January marks the sell by date of a quarter of all New Year’s resolutions, when good intentions are most likely to fail. Recent research reveals that more than half of New Year’s resolutions don’t last longer than one month, with the main reason being that of setting an impossible goal.
But don’t give up just yet! Some helpful tips: set realistic goals, start with small steps, pick just one resolution, and set intermediate milestones.
The majority of New Year’s resolutions are basically self-improvement goals or lifestyle changes that one hopes to maintain, such as starting an exercise routine. Some of the top New Year’s resolutions consist of losing weight, getting organized, staying fit and healthy, so on and so forth.
As an example, my resolution was to work out at least 5 days per week for 30 minutes per day. But it wasn’t as easy to get started as I thought it would be, so my progress hasn’t been as good as I hoped. It’s difficult to get back into a routine and find a way to fit exercise into my daily schedule.
It’s been said that it takes 21 days to form a habit, but in reality that concept is a myth. I read this article explaining how habit formation typically takes longer. The best estimate is 66 days, but it varies among individuals and depends on what you’re trying to change. Which is actually good news, because it means we still have time to get on track.
Overall, the hardest resolutions to keep are often considered to be the most beneficial. Therefore, those who have stumbled already may wish to try again today, rather than procrastinate until next year. Keep working at it – you can do it!
Here is an infographic with statistics on New Years resolutions and their success rates: