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Hold Yourself Accountable

nytimes.com

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  • Choose a friend who wants to achieve a similar goal (an accountability buddy) and make a plan. Accountability might mean checking-in once or twice a week to see how you’re doing.
  • An app is a great way to add accountability to your day, because they send daily reminders and track your progress.
  • Hold yourself accountable by creating calendar reminders.
  • Create virtual accountability. When you declare your goals on social media, you’re likely to find a like-minded friend who will want to join your journey and offer words of support.

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Accountability works best when it comes from the outside

Accountability is an important tool for making and breaking habits.

You’re more likely to exercise if you’ve made a plan to walk with a friend or scheduled a workout with a personal trainer.

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By reflecting on the changes and challenges of a global crisis like a pandemic, some people’s habits can improve — often when they use the time they usually spend on work travel or commuting on exercising, cooking, reading or other healthy habits.

Other people’s habits can worsen because they are under stress or shaken out of their usual helpful routines.

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Recycle Your Pandemic Habits

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They're less about distilling your life into a series of data points and more about becoming your ideal self: If you use their app, you too can become a person who practices good habits. You can become someone who exercises and meditates every day and always drinks eight glasses of water.

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Why habit tracking apps alone can't help you keep your New Year's resolutions

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Be in the Right Mindset

To put yourself in the right mindset, you need to:

  • Know your 'why': why is accomplishing this goal important to you.
  • Read the right books and talk to people with similar interests.

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4 Ways To Hold Yourself Accountable To Your Goals

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