How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Each year, millions of Americans start the new year with fresh enthusiasm to make changes that range from health-related goals like losing weight and exercising to work- and family-related changes. Such resolutions are well-meaning intentions to make lasting changes, yet research shows that by the second week of February, about 80 percent of those resolutions have been abandoned.

If you’re among the 20 percent who is still hanging in there with your New Year’s resolutions — or if you want to dust off your pledge and give it another shot — there’s still hope and time to make it happen. No matter what your purpose may be, here are some tips for keeping some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions this year and every year.

1. Start Small

Sure, it sounds impressive to say you’re going to lose a great deal of weight, but that level of pressure can be daunting. Instead, focus on a smaller goal like losing five pounds each month, and then look at what you need to do to support that goal. When it comes to weight gain, a big culprit is eating out, so cooking more meals at home may be the answer. Look at creating a dining room environment that’s inviting and enjoyable so you’ll feel more inclined to dine in rather than dine out.

2. Keep It Realistic

Before you make a resolution, think about whether or not it’s something you can realistically achieve — and then give yourself the right tools for success. For example, maybe you want to spend less money this year, but you also want to enjoy your life and give your home a new look. Instead of buying new furniture for your home, consider renting pieces that can give your space the look you want without committing to purchasing new furniture.

3. Be Specific

Replace vague resolutions like “get organized” with “keep a daily planner and create a home office space with file cabinets for organizing papers.” If your resolution is to spend more time with friends and family, that could translate to inviting friends over for a monthly dinner.

4. Make a Plan

Even the best-laid plans can go awry, so imagine what happens when there’s no plan at all. In addition to knowing your specific goal, know how you’re going to make it happen. For example, if your goal is to get more sleep, then maybe your resolution is to go to bed by 10 p.m. every night. You can also make sure you’re getting quality sleep by ensuring you have the right mattress and sleep environment in your bedroom.

5. Share It with Others

Telling others about your resolution does two things: It allows people to provide encouragement, and it holds you accountable. Telling others makes it “real” and gives you the support you need when your motivation wears thin. Savor your successes as you reach your goals, perhaps by upgrading your space with some new furniture pieces and then throwing a party to celebrate your accomplishments.

So, what’s your New Year’s resolution? If you need some help getting your home in order, CORT Furniture Rental can help you give your space the refresh it needs to turn it into the home you deserve.