But according to the most comprehensive resolution research out of University of Scranton, only about 8% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions.
So what do these eight percenters most likely share in common? Intention.
According to the research, it’s often not enough to say “I’m going to do this.” It’s important to know exactly how you’ll make it happen.
Whether your New Year’s goal is to lose weight or sock away more for retirement, here are eight easy ways to stick to your 2017 resolutions—all year long.
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For example, when eating out, look for restaurants with bright lighting. A study from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that people who dined in well-lit eateries were 16-24% more likely to make healthy food choices than those eating in dimly-lit establishments. The reason: Bright lights kept them alert and thinking about their consumption.
Staying in? Try to keep the kitchen tidy. Researchers at the Lab found that when stressed-out subjects were left in a messy kitchen, they ate twice as many cookies as people who were in an orderly kitchen.
Apps like the Care4Today® Mobile Health Manager, which can send you reminders to take your meds, alert you when it’s time for a refill and help you share that information with loved ones or healthcare providers.
And the Kids’ Wellness Tracker can help you look up proper drug dosages, based on your child’s weight and age; log symptoms, appointments and vaccines; get quick information about specific health conditions; and chart kids’ statistics as they grow.
If you often find yourself living paycheck to paycheck, follow a golden rule that financial experts abide by: Pay yourself first, before you spend a dime.
To help make saving a no-brainer, consider setting up an auto-deposit to split your paycheck between checking and savings, or set up monthly automatic transfers to a savings account.
Forty(+) hours a week is a lot of time to spend unhappy—and yet a little over half of us are, according to the latest job satisfaction survey from the Conference Board.
To help reboot your mindset, make a list of concrete things that would make you more content at work. Is it more money? A different responsibility? Maybe a new boss?
If it’s the first two, job satisfaction could be had by drawing up a list of why you’re doing a good job, and then asking for what you feel you deserve. (It’s worth your while: 75% of people who ask for a raise get one.) If it’s the latter—or other situations out of your control, like a shorter commute—update your resume and start looking for a new gig.
And put a goal date on the calendar—say, in six weeks—to help keep yourself on track and assess your progress.
One in three adults don’t get the minimum suggested seven hours of sleep each night, according to a 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Most experts’ top advice is to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. (Yes, even on weekends!) So try setting an alert on your phone to help get yourself to bed on time.
And if you have a baby in the house, consider downloading the Johnson’s® Bedtime® Baby Sleep App, which offers everything from sleep expert advice to a 3-step bedtime routine that can help get your little one to sleep—so you’re well rested to conquer the other resolutions on your list.