How To: Complete Your New Year Resolution

So you’ve put in motion your goals for 2019, but now the pace of the year is starting to pick up and you’re starting to juggle way too many things. So do we put those goals on the back burner like we do every year and hope to come back to them later, or do we quietly forget that we ever made those commitments? Spoiler Alert: The answer is neither.

But there’s got to be some trick of the trade that can help all of us stay on par with our resolutions, right?

Get this: one of the best ways to keep up with your resolution is to write everything down. The most successful people in the world always write down their visions. So many studies have concluded that people remember things, and are more likely to complete task better once it’s written down in their own writing.

According to Forbes.com, ” Neuropsychologists have identified the “generation effect” which basically says individuals demonstrate better memory for material they’ve generated themselves than for material they’ve merely read. It’s a nice edge to have and, when you write down your goal, you get to access the “generation effect” twice: first, when you generate the goal (create a picture in your mind), and second, when you write it down because you’re essentially reprocessing or regenerating that image. You have to rethink your mental picture, put it on the paper, place objects, scale them, think about their spatial relations, draw facial expressions, etc. There’s a lot of cognitive processing taking place right there. In essence, you get a double whammy that really sears the goal into your brain.”

The best way I keep track is bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is writing down your task (usually top three) daily, and giving them a code–usually a symbol of some sort.

The human mind loves to group things together, and it actually finds categorized or grouped things easier to remember (Hence, why phone numbers are grouped together the way they are). You are also more likely to accomplish more things when things are broken up into smaller chunks rather than having one big massive list.

So how is this done? Choose any code or symbol, and assign it a name. For me, I use the exclamation point (!) when I want to indicate that something is a priority above all the other task. You can make the symbols as personal as you would like.

The next step is to pick three task to complete for that day, and assign each task a symbol. Piece of cake, right? If you create a list bigger than three task, split up those task over the span of your week.

Complete this every day for 21 more days, and before you know it, you’ve formed a habit and your resolution will have become apart of your lifestyle.

And for me, personally, I’ll cheers to that any day. (:

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