3. Be held accountable
If you tell people you’re doing it, then you’re really going to have to. If you enjoy writing, start a blog or a social media channel to track your progress. Not comfortable with going so public? Tell a friend what you’re planning to do so they can check in with you. They might even want to join you!
4. Try a January resolution and review it at the end of the month
A year is a long time and you’re more likely to feel like a failure if you don’t make it all the way through. For a resolution that smacks more of ‘trying something out’ than ‘commit, or else’, try taking it a month at a time.
I like to use journalling to review my progress. That way, I can look back over what I’ve done, and work out if it’s something I want to continue with, or whether it’s the right time to move on to a new challenge.
My New Year’s resolution
I’m right there with you in wanting to do better and setting a resolution. I’ll share mine with you now: I want to walk one of my local walking routes, the 100 mile Leicestershire Round.
I’ve applied my own resolution rules here: I want to explore more of the Midlands, because it’s where I’m from and I think there are a lot of hidden gems to explore. It’s local to me, so getting started doesn’t involve the big drives that can put me off before I’ve even begun a Lake District or Scotland walk. I want to break it down into realistic pieces and do it over the year.
Finally - Gulp! - I’ve told you all, so there’s no backing down!