Some 44 percent of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, but although resolutions are fun to make, they’re hard to keep. To help yourself keep yours, try these strategies.
1. Be specific. “Make more friends” and “Strengthen friendships” are vague resolutions. Make yours more concrete; “Remember birthdays,” “Make weekly plans with friends,” or “No gossip.”
2. Write it down.
3. Review your resolution constantly. If your resolution is buzzing through your head, it’s easier to stick to it.
4. Hold yourself accountable. Tell other people about your resolution, join or form a like-minded group, score yourself on a daily chart — whatever helps make you feel accountable.