So with the new year of 2019 11 days in, how many of you resolved to change something this year? Are you a habitual new years resolver and failure? Want to actually resolve to something that sticks? here’s a quick guide to the most popular resolutions of 2019, and how to make changes to keep them. Even if you don’t have a list, it’s a natural feeling at this time of year to want change, to maybe try and better yourself. But before you rush off to get that on offer gym membership, read our guide on how to make sure you haven’t fallen flat by March. Good luck!

Fewer people are resolving to exercise more or lose weight this New Year’s Day.

In 2019, about 38 per cent plan to make this their No. 1 resolution — down from 41 per cent in 2018. More people are going to focus on saving money: 37 per cent are making this their resolution, up 6 per cent from 2018.

Others will resolve to make new friends (11 per cent), get a new job or hobby (12 per cent) and find love (7 per cent). There’s a big leap in people resolving to travel: 24 per cent, that’s more than the 18 per cent who put it as a priority at the beginning of last year.

 

However once the glow of a fresh new year wears off, many people struggle to make good on their plans. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46% of people who made New Year’s resolutions were successful. That means over half of the people who set a goal for the new year will fail!

You will want to keep upbeat with your new resolution, so you can use that positive association with last year’s accomplishments to remind you of those good feelings when you are feeling challenged.

As you start thinking about the changes you want to implement, make sure to do the following:

  • Stay positive
  • Try not to make big/quick changes
  • Change should be gradual
  • Build on smaller changes
  • Allow a little room for error

A common mistake in resolution setting is having too many and spreading yourself too thin. We all want to learn 25 different languages, 15 new job skills, and eliminate 5 bad habits, but we are not superheroes. We only have so much attention span we can dedicate to self-improvement, so having too many resolutions is a great way not to achieve the many goals you have set out for yourself.

Here is an exercise that you can undertake to help you figure out what is most important in your life. All you need is a post-it pad, a pen, and a wall.

  1. Write anything you want to accomplish for self-improvement purposes on a post-it
  2. Each post-it only gets one discreet tactic
  3. Place each post-it on the wall
  4. Go crazy – use as many post-its as possible
  5. Group together similar post-its
  6. Place the topics you feel strongly about at the top of the wall
  7. Put the topics you feel “meh” about on the bottom
  8. Spend a lot of time thinking about the order of the first 3-5 post-it (groups)

A final number 9 would be; be kind to yourself, remember you are only human, that if you fail, don’t be remorseful, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try and try again. 2019 is going to have some bumps in the road, but a little self-belief goes a long, long way.

Happy 2019 everyone from everyone here at Monarch Fitted Bedrooms and Home Office Furniture

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