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The Slacker's Guide to New Year's Resolutions That Stick

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The Slacker's Guide to New Year's Resolutions That Stick
My Unscientific 5-Step Recipe My New Year's Resolutions used to fail every time. For example, I set a resolution to "Exercise more." I vaguely imagined running marathons and wearing headbands. Then in January, I took a two or three long runs and forgot about the resolution. It was sorta like that every year.

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One Step Daily

One Step Daily

Most people do not stick to their New Year's resolutions because they focus on the entire task.

By just focusing on the daily small steps, one is able to create a successful daily routine.

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Keep It Practical

Keep It Practical

Dial back your goal for the New Year to be a more practical, pragmatic one, and your chances of success will rise dramatically.

Don't be too hard on yourself.

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Be Specific

Be Specific

Don't have vague resolutions with no direction for the New Year. Have clear, specific goals for your daily routine like "run around the park for 10 to 20 minutes every morning."

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10 Minutes

10 Minutes

A ten-minute commitment to keeping a habit going can work wonders if done every day and is easier to maintain.

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Trial Period

Trial Period

If committing to a new habit for a whole year seems overwhelming, have a 30 Day Trial and see if you stick to it.

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Be Nice to Yourself

Be Nice to Yourself

If you miss a day or two in your daily habit forming a routine, it's ok. Get back to it.

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