How to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions

Plenty of us made New Year's resolutions but, with the stress and busyness of the new semester, you may now be realizing just how hard it is to commit to them. In fact, The Today Show reports that, on average, it takes about 66 days to make something a habit. That means that it'll be March by the time you even get into the habit of whatever lifestyle change you decided to challenge yourself with. That may sound a little intimidating but don't worry. We have a few tips that can help keep you motivated.

1. Tell people about your resolution 

This will make you both excited about it and accountable for your resolution.

2. Keep track of your progress 

This keeps you on track and motivated. Both your successes and failures will inspire you to do better. 

3. Write down your resolution and look at it, daily

This reinforcement will help motivate you. 

4. Remember why you made the resolution 

When you really want to give up, just remember why you decided to make this change in the first place. 

5. Get a friend to join you

It's so much easier when someone is on your team for change. 

6. Use the App Store

There are tons of applications that can help you keep track of resolution, from exercise to budgeting. To add, a lot of them are free 

7. Celebrate your small victories

Don't focus solely on the end result. Appreciate your progress and reward yourself along the way. This will help keep you motivated and hungry for more success. 

8. Don't give up

Believe in yourself and your abilities. If necessary, adjust your goals to a more manageable feat, but don't throw in the towel on your resolution.