On average, New Year’s resolutions are abandoned after just a month – well, 32 days to be exact (source: New York Post). The team here at Albatross is not immune to this sorrowful fact, and we know full well how the inability to achieve the ambitious goals set for the New Year can leave us feeling disappointed and even a tad embarrassed. For most of us, we just need a little help and encouragement to maintain those goals and see them through to the end of the year (or at least past February!). Here are 4 ways to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions:
Break Down Your Goals
If you haven’t already, a great first step is to break down your goals into bite-sized nuggets. By this we mean, think about the small steps (if any) that will be required to achieve your resolutions, and list these out beneath the main, overarching goal. A very common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, which is a process that can be rather emotional, time-consuming, and exhausting. But, it’s also a goal that can be broken down into small, daily actions that are a lot more manageable and digestible. For example, adding a mini goal for each day to get out and do something active can help you both achieve the big goal and feel accomplished while reducing any overwhelming feelings that the main goal can bring. This method can be applied to most other resolutions that you may have set for yourself for 2022.
Make All Types of Resolutions
If you’ve ever purchased stocks, you probably know the idiom of “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. It’s a simple piece of advice that essentially recommends that you should not depend on one plan or idea to see you through. We think this same sort of rule could be applied to New Year’s resolutions. If all of your resolutions are of one type (e.g. financial goals) or all relate to one thing (e.g. home repairs), it may feel a little daunting to continuously work on what is essentially just one large goal. It may also result in some burn out, as it could be difficult to feel you are making significant enough progress since you are just tackling one category. Instead, consider adding a wide variety of resolutions so your yearly goals are spread out amongst a multitude of categories. These categories could include health goals, relationship goals, eco goals, educational/ learning goals – the possibilities are endless! By doing this, you will likely also introduce a wider range of difficulty associated with your goals (e.g. easy, medium, hard. etc.), which can make it easier for some of the goals to be achieved quickly, giving you a sense of finality and accomplishment.
Gear Up with Eco Tools
Did you make any eco goals for 2022? The New Year does present a great opportunity to add some goals of reducing your environmental impact or adopting more zero waste practices. If you are looking to make some eco-friendly lifestyle changes in 2022, Albatross has got the tools to help you out! Reduce your plastic footprint and save money by transitioning to a zero waste safety razor, or switch up your entire shower routine by checking out one of our shave + shower kits! Read our blog post on how to assemble a plastic free toolkit, and snag a set of reusable utensils to always be prepared while on-the-go.
Adjust as Necessary
Each year unfolds lots of new changes, challenges, and adventures. With so much unknown, why should your yearly goals stay static? As you begin to tackle your New Year’s resolutions, don’t hesitate to think critically about them and consider if they actually make sense for you this year. While having a diverse array of resolutions that have been broken down into manageable tasks can certainly be helpful, there also may just be some goals that make more sense to accomplish at another time. Or, goals that don’t need to be achieved in full, and can instead only be met halfway this year. If making reductions, swaps, or adjustments will be more beneficial to you overall as you navigate this year, we encourage you to allow this flexibility and follow what feels like the best option for you.