It’s getting to that time when people are starting to lose motivation to keep up with all of their New Year’s resolutions. Before you throw in the towel, here are some suggestions for how you can make sure you stick to your goals this year!
If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, learn a new skill like speaking Spanish or to eat healthier, make sure you get even more specific so you have something to measure. Below are some ideas for how you can make your goal more measurable. You can measure your goal by frequency, duration, distance, etc.
|Get In Shape:||Eat Healthier:||Learn Spanish:|
|- Spend 30+ minutes 3x per week walking/running/lifting weights
- Run or walk at least 10,000 steps per day
- Follow along with one workout video each day
|- Eat 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- Eat no more than 20 grams of sugar per day
- Drink at least 64oz of each day
|- Sign up for a language learning app. Spend 15+ minutes per day using the app
- Learn 1 vocabulary word each day
- Grab coffee with a friend weekly and only speak Spanish.
Now that you have your goals set, we need to collect data. Below is a free printable version of a daily habit tracker, created by Master Trainer Tialha, that helps you track up to five daily goals at a time. You can use this one or use whatever works best for you!
When you set your goal, you need to know what your consequences are for meeting or not meeting your goal(s). If you are looking to increase a behavior, you’ll need reinforcement to increase the likelihood that you will continue to meet your goals in the future (i.e., either earning a preferred item/activity/etc. or removing a non-preferred item/activity/etc.). Below are some examples of reinforcers you could earn for meeting your goal.
|Money||You buy a gift card for your favorite store and when you meet your goal, you get to use the gift card. You can’t shop at this store without a gift card.|
|Activity||Each week or month that you meet your goal, you can plan a fun activity with your partner or friend!|
|Food||If you reach your goal, order your favorite dish or dessert!|