Making New Year's resolutions during a pandemic (and sticking to them!)

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

As you head back to school after the winter break, it’s time to start thinking about goal setting. With the pandemic still in full force, many people have found it challenging to set New Year’s resolutions when most of their 2020 plans and goals were ruined.

Our CEO and founder, Alex Shiller, shared some suggestions on how to make resolutions for the year ahead - and how to stick to them.

Prep a Positive Outlook

Before making resolutions, the first thing you should do is prep your outlook. “There’s no reason to start the year thinking that everything will be like 2020. Optimism is important for goal-setting,” says Alex.

At the same time, it’s important to be realistic. "The pandemic isn’t over and your goals should reflect what you can realistically do given these constraints and your lack of control over many factors.”That being said, Alex stresses that goal-setting is one of the best ways to take control during times of uncertainty.

Focus on the Process as Much as the Goal

When it comes to sticking to resolutions, setting up a successful process is critical. This means focusing on how you will achieve your goal as much as the goal itself. This is even more true in the heat of a pandemic, when we are more isolated than ever and can only count on ourselves to make these goals happen!

For example, one popular New Year’s resolution is exercising more. Given the restrictions preventing us from going to the gym, many of us simply throw in the towel. But we all know that it doesn’t take gym equipment or even a Peloton to stay in shape. There are a ton of great exercise apps that require little to no equipment and can still give you a great workout. Miss the energy of an exercise class setting? Build a work-out schedule with a friend and do the workout together on FaceTime! Whether you choose yoga, pilates, boot camp or spinning - or a mix of everything - “the key is to set concrete goals and build them into your calendar,” says Alex. “This way, you avoid putting off the workouts and can hold yourself accountable!”

Be Kind to Yourself

Don’t forget that “resolution" is another word for “change” and changes don’t happen all at once. If you’re having trouble sticking to your resolution perfectly, that’s ok. Just jump back on track and keep practicing these new habits. “Changing your habits isn’t easy, but each time you enforce a positive habit, you weaken a negative one, bringing you one step closer to your goal,” says Alex.

What are your 2021 New Year’s resolutions? Share in the comments section below!

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