studies show that a paltry 8% of people actually stick to their new year’s resolutions. why? our theory has always been that the resolutions themselves are too lofty. think about it: you’d never build a house without a blueprint. why would you expect to crush life goals without laying down the framework first? when the goal seems completely out of reach, it’s all too easy to become daunted and give up. we at fitlosophy aren't all that big on “new year’s resolutions”. we talk goals year round, so we're not in a tizzy come january 1st. we work at it all year round, setting smaller, incremental intentions designed to help inch us closer + closer to our big goals each and every day. the key is to design your daily routine in such a way that sticking to your goals is a relatively simple, painless process. that said, new year's is inevitably a natural opportunity to revisit goals, home in on your habits + put plans in place for progress. here are 5 tips that will help you build out your daily blueprint + set you up for maximum goal-achievement in the new year - and beyond.
[take it one baby-step at a time]
like we said, going straight for the huge goals without an actionable game plan is a surefire way to set yourself up for failure. and no one wants that. the first thing you have to do is identify your big goals, then map out how you’re going to get there with smaller stepping-stone goals month-by-month. focusing on one smaller task at a time seems much more doable than diving straight into the deep-end. then before you know it, that big goal is within reach. for instance, wanna finally take that vacation to italy, but don’t even know where to begin?? write out everything you’ll need to make that dream vacay a reality + assign yourself one task per month. start a vacation-savings or keep-the-change account in january; apply for your passport in february; download a new italian language app in march; research the regions in april, book a flight in may, etc etc etc. come fall, you’ll be ready to buon viaggio!
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[make eating well a no-brainer]
rule number 1: have a plan before you head to the grocery store. we tote a grocery list AND meal plan along with us to save time + help ensure we don’t go off-script + buy a bunch of junk we don’t need. if you don’t buy it, then it won’t be in your pantry tempting you during a moment of weakness. rule number 2: two words: meal. prep. we can’t overstate its importance enough. if there’s healthy food ready-to-eat in your fridge, you won’t be tempted to hit a drive-thru on your way home from work. spend an extra hour or so prepping as much as you can at the beginning of your week: rinse + chop all your produce for steaming, throwing a quick salad together or freezing for smoothies; boil eggs for a speedy snack; grill salmon or chicken for easy protein. you can even split it up into a couple days of prep if you can’t spare an hour. need extra motivation to fit it in? we use food-prep time to catch up on podcasts.
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not only do you need reminders for those little daily tasks, you also need refreshers on exactly why you’ve embarked upon this journey in the first place. pro tip: we utilize sticky notes for pretty much everything from reminding ourselves to pick up avocados on the way home to leaving little self-love notes on the mirror. pair those with a reliable planner + you’ll be amazed by how much easier your life is. another oft-overlooked aspect of sticking to your goals: gratitude. it can be difficult to keep going sometimes - especially on those days or weeks when it feels like your progress has stalled. when you set aside time to acknowledge + jot down the wins, no matter how small, that’s often all you need to boost your confidence again.
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[have a replacement ready for those unhealthy habits]
it’s not enough just to say you’re going to quit doing something. when you have a healthy habit in place to pick up the slack left behind by your old, unhealthy habit, your chances of success in sticking to it are much higher. for example, if your goal is to quit sugar, make sure you have a replacement in mind for those inevitable cravings, so when the mood strikes for that after-dinner bowl of ice cream, make a cup of hot herbal tea to sip on instead. within a few short weeks, you’ll retrain your brain to crave that new nightly ritual.
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[make it fun]
so often, we commit ourselves to doing something that realistically, we’ll never keep up with - not only because we lack the time, but because we lack the will. if something feels too tedious or completely devoid of enjoyment, chances are, we’re going to be inconsistent or skip it altogether. when something is enjoyable, you’re more likely to actually stick to it, so incorporate fun wherever you can. wanna get more exercise, but you’ve never been a fan of the treadmill? sign up for those boxing classes you’ve been wondering about. wanna start a food journal, but never could find the drive to keep up with it? add colored pens + cute stickers into the mix to up the fun factor!
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how will you stick to your daily routine this year? let us know in the comments!