We are now into April, which means the first quarter of 2019 is already over. Time seems to fly by every year, so it is important to take some time and reevaluate your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions or Goals for the year. Many people make it a priority to make a list of some things they want to do or stop doing in the new year. The number one resolution every year is losing weight or getting in shape. Hence the reason attendance increases dramatically at gyms in the first few weeks in January, then starts to settle back down in
February. However, life gets in the way and many of our goals for the year start to get pushed aside as we handle what life throws at us. Now that three months of the year are already gone, it may be a good time to look back at your resolutions and determine how you are doing. This is also a good time to decide what resolutions still apply. Things change and people change regularly. Something that may have been important to you in December may not be as important now. Here is how you can go about revisiting your 2019 resolutions to make the rest of the year a successful and productive one:
- Review your goals. Determine which goals are the most important to accomplish for the remainder of the year. Eliminating ones that are not as important or unattainable due to time and other constraints.
- Create a plan. Rank your goals in order of importance and create your plan. Write down what will be needed and involved to accomplish this goal. Schedule time in your day or week to work on attaining this goal.
- Write it down. Putting your goals to pen and paper is key to helping you attain your goals. It could be on notecards, paper, your smart phone, but just do it and review them daily. Reviewing what you want to accomplish is a key cog in helping you reach your goals. The constant reminder keeps the goal in mind and then the effort needed to work towards this goal.
- Share with others. Let friends and family in on these resolutions of yours. Ask them to remind and hold you accountable. If you are trying to lose weight and want to go out to the local ice cream shop, friends or family could remind you of your end goal and help keep you on track.
- Revisit again. Every few weeks check in to see how you are doing. Determine if you are on track and see if you are putting in the right about of time to accomplish each individual goal.
- Reward yourself. Give yourself incentives for successes. When goals are progressing or accomplished, reward yourself for a job well done. If you have lost 50% of your weight goal after a few months, get yourself some ice cream or whatever treat you have been craving.
Dr. Aust and Staff would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Spring, and we hope you are on track with your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions.
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