Happy New Year! With the craziness of 2020 finally behind us, it’s a particularly excellent time to shed the year that was and look forward to a new, brighter, and better world by starting fresh with some New Year’s Resolutions.
This ritual of making New Year’s Resolutions can be both fun and good for us. According to Bloomberg Quint, research shows that resolution-makers are more than 10 times as successful in changing their behavior as people who want to change but don’t make formal resolutions.
That said, making and keeping resolutions are two different things. Here are some tips on ways to get the most out of those New Year’s Resolutions.
- Print Your Resolutions! Rule #1 is print your resolutions. A goal not written down is just a wish! Having a hard copy makes those resolutions and goals more tangible and real and empowers you to create an emotional and intellectual connection with them. Printing them and taping them up in a prominent location such as on the bathroom mirror or by the front door will make them visual and keep them top of mind.
- Make it Easy. Sometimes the hardest part of writing anything is having a blank screen staring back at you. There are a number of resources that can help give you a springboard for getting those resolutions out of your head and down on paper. Check out this printable workbook for how to effectively go about writing the best kinds of New Year’s Resolutions from Its All You Boo. For kids, here is a printable New Year’s Resolution template from Scholastic Teacher to help kids write their own resolutions and begin to build those healthy habits early.
- Exercise Plan. Speaking of healthy habits, one of the most common resolutions people make every year is getting in shape. Gym memberships skyrocket in January! According to the IHRSA, health clubs experience seasonal fluctuations in membership with reported increases in January (12.1%) in memberships due to the New Year’s Resolutions—but the trend continues throughout the year, seeing the next rise in membership is June (9%) in anticipation of swimsuit season. The last spike happens in September (8.3%), in time to start over in autumn. Whether you plan to hit the gym or get in on home workouts, whatever you do, make it fun! Give yourself rewards and pats on the back and for sure keep track—but still keep it fun. One example is this Fill-in-the-bubble calendar. LifeHacker has some great ideas for how to take it to the next level, including printing it and filling each bubble with your own color code that could signify type or intensity: red if a workout is a struggle, orange if it was fine, yellow if it felt great! Again make it yours and make it fun!
Don’t rely on sheer willpower to make and keep your New Year’s Resolutions, use these tips, and search for others from your Android device. When you find one that works for you, download and use the Mopria Print Service to print right from your phone and get the most out of the printing process to help you get the most out of this new year!