• Ellie Avalon

5 Ways To Make and Keep a New Year's Resolution

It's getting to that point of the year again where Christmas is over, and for some of us, we're just counting down the days until NYE so we can celebrate all over again.

Do we know what day we're in? Not really... Do we know what we're doing tomorrow? Maybe eat and drink again? (there's probably some biscuits somewhere that haven't been eaten yet.) And then the dreaded question everyone LOVES to ask- so, what are your New Year's Resolutions?

Here comes the mental conundrum. Do I tell Aunt Sue of my plans to cut down on my mildly serious online shopping addiction? Or, shall I just give a bog-standard answer of 'I'm going to get fit this year and join a gym'? According to The Telegraph, the 5 most common New Year's resolutions are:

1) Exercise more

2) Lose weight

3) Eat more healthily

4) Take a more active approach to health

5) Learn new skill or hobby

I'm sure we've all chosen one of these resolutions at some point, but the question is how long did you stick to it? I know for sure I've managed a good 36 hours into the new year before I've had a f*ck it whatever moment and eaten an entire Terry's chocolate because I just WANTED to, ok? The rebellious streak is us human beings sometimes just can't help itself and for someone who loves chocolate, the resolution of giving it up entirely was not only unrealistic for me but downright stupid.

I've learnt from these mistakes and had other resolutions that I've actually managed to keep- and for longer than 2 days too! So, I've done some research and thought I'd pass on some tips for you on how you too can make and stick to your resolution whatever that may be for 2020.



1) Make it specific:

The Problem- 'I will learn Italian'

All too often, we set goals that are a bit wild and untamed. Let's say you want to learn a new language and your resolution is 'Learn Italian'. Does that mean you plan on mastering the Italian language in it's entirety in one year? Quite a feat if I do say so myself and you may feel downhearted if you've not set an outcome.

The Solution- I will learn 120 Italian words/phrases by the end of the year!

Make it clear. In this instance, instead of tackling a whole language, write down 10 words/phrases you want to memorise and master each month. Continue on this basis and your goal becomes a reality.


2) Make it measurable:

The Problem- 'I want to start running'

Coming up with a generic goal like this gives you no start or end point Forrest Gump... It's amazing to start something new but failing to give yourself achievable measures may lead to a night on the sofa watching the soaps feeling like a better option.

The Solution- 'I want to run 3 miles and improve my time each week'

Take your resolution in context and choose a relevant metric for it. In this scenario, it could be recording the distance you want to be able to run and the time you do it in. If you record your progress on an app or in a notebook, you can aim to improve over time and this is extremely motivating! The more motivating something is, the more likely you are to stick at it too.


3) Make it achievable:

The Problem- 'I will buy a Ferrari'

Now, a quick disclaimer of course- for some this is of course achievable. However, for the vast majority of us, this is a little bit far fetched or would put us into quite a large debt. It's important that the goals we set are ambitious to give us something to aim for and visualise, but aiming further than 5% away from your current performance, ability (or finances!) isn't attainable.

The Solution- If I manage to bag a new client for £500, I will treat myself to a new handbag

Don't land yourself in financial difficulties trying to keep up with the Jones'. If you set goals way beyond your means in any sense, you will likely feel increased stress and anxiety which isn't what you want. Choose something just out of reach but still manageable and it'll give you a motivation boost instead.


4) Make it fun and exciting:

The Problem- 'I want to save more'

Going back to the Terry's chocolate orange scenario I experienced- the biggest mistake I made was completely cutting out the thing that made me happy! For a lot of people, spending money socialising or buying new things is something they enjoy doing. This goal would soon end up feeling like a chore and with no end goal it's tempting to just take the money back out.

The Solution- 'I'm going to save £2000 by August so I can travel to Walt Disney World in America in September'

Pick something you want to buy whether that is an item or in this case, a holiday and work out how much you need to buy it. Using the above I've been able to pick a timescale, a specific amount and something that would personally motivate and excite me enough to put my money away (and skip that night out I really don't need to go on).


5) Keep Track:

The Problem- You start January telling everyone about your amazing new resolution/s that you've come up with after reading Ellie Avalon's blog post and by July, it's all a distant memory. You see your Aunty for the first time since New Year's Eve and she asks how your Italian phrases, 3 mile running time, new client and American holiday savings are going?

*Sh%t*... about that...

The Solution- Start a blog, make an Insta page, buy a notebook, download an app or write it all over your walls?! Whatever works for you, do it. Just make sure you're recording your progress somewhere and take every opportunity at social gatherings to update others and how wonderfully you're doing. Be proud of yourself, you've GOT this!

Thank you for reading,

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