HOw are your new year's resolutions doing?

Half of January is over, so it's time to check how are your New Year's resolutions doing. Each year, more or less half of Poles write down their plans and dreams that will make the new year better and more effective than the previous one. However, these promises are mostly not fulfilled. Why is this happening?

According to research by YouGov, 71% of respondents make New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, a significant number of them are only partially accomplished or totally forgotten. This happens for a few of reasons.

First of all, these goals should be formulated in a way that leaves no doubt about the desired result. The very imprecise slogan "I will lose weight" may contribute to the theoretical achievement of the goal (weight by 0.2 kg less) but not necessarily will result in satisfaction. Furthermore, the measurability of the New Year’s resolutions is also crucial. If those plans include various phrases such as "I will read more books" than it's worth clarifying what “more” is. Are we talking about an increase the number in comparison to the last year or the past six months? How many books is will be rewarding?

Precision and measurability will help, but they will not be guarantee, that the New Year's list will bring pride instead of frustration.

Putting a goal which is beyond one's own strength or ability will lead to abandonment of plans and discouragement. The goal must be achievable but also significant. If something is not interesting for a person, forcing himself or herself to do it will not only reduce his/her motivation, but also cause decline in mood.

A preliminary deadline should be another important factor which should be added to the whole. However, keep in mind that plans are not permanent, and you should review and update them. Something that is noteworthy at the beginning of the year may not be so after a few months. It is important to make a list in a visible place or one that we have easy access to.

Completed list is not a final step. Now everyone should look at each point separately and plan the actions to be taken to achieve the goal. It is also a good idea to schedule initial deadlines for their implementation, which will be updated with progress. In the absence of complete data, it is advisable to do research regarding the necessary resources, or if it is not possible - to indicate the initial steps that may bring the person closer to the goal or to acquire the desired knowledge.

What do your list looks like? Does it fulfill all the above points?

Author: Magda Glińska