It’s 2016, the future is here.

It doesn’t feel like it though does it?  It’s just a regular day! It’s the first Monday back and the UK is back behind their desks, catching up on the Christmas emails and asking their co-workers how their break was.

One question, which crops up a lot, is ‘did you make a New Years resolution?’ and about 80% of the time, the answer is yes. The most startling realization is that only 8% of people actually achieve their resolution. The truth is, that 2016 is just a continuation of 2015, the days of the week continue the same, and the clock still ticks on and nothing has changed except the date, however it’s the feeling of a new year which promotes this feeling of a ‘new you’. The New Year feels like a catalyst for change, and although it’s just another day, it feels like the start of something.

How do we possibly join the elite 8%? These 8% of people are so motivated and so committed to their goals and I too want to be able to share in the sense of satisfaction and achievement that they feel at the end of a year!

The trick to sticking to these resolutions are apparently as follows –

1.    Define your goal

2.    Track your progress

3.    Be patience and persistent

4.    Tell people about them (to get support)

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get in shape, further your career, quit smoking, drink less alcohol, eat healthier, travel more, save more money, be more organised, spend more time with family, learn a new language, take an evening class, get out of debt or spend some of your time volunteering, those four rules above can be applied to all!  

Technology can play a big role in helping us to stick to our goals as there are apps out there which can help us achieve the goals which we’ve set for ourselves. Here’s some examples for you which might help you become part of the 8%.

Want to lose weight? Why not track your calorie intake and exercise using ‘MyFitnessPal’. Want to drink less alcohol? Try the ‘Drinkaware’ app and calculate your units. Become more organised? Perhaps try ‘Timeful’.  Save more money -  ‘Spending Tracker’. The digital world is designed to aid us and enhance our lives and we should take full advantage.

We wish all of you a prosperous and happy 2016. 

 

Written by

Katherine Thomson