It’s the time for New Year resolutions and you might expect the most popular to be: lose weight, drink less alcohol, give up smoking, get more exercise. However, according to research on behalf of energy supplier OVO the top 3 in 2015 were:
- De-clutter the house
- Save more money
- Try new places instead of relying on the same old bars/restaurants
This study of 2,000 people might have been skewed to a younger audience, since also included were: Less time on Facebook, Learn how to flirt, Spend less time in pyjamas, Take more selfies in interesting/new places.
Meanwhile the Guardian reports that at the start of a study into resolutions, 52% of participants were confident of success. One year later, only 12% had actually achieved their goal. The article suggests getting a better night’s sleep might help as another study asked more than 1,000 people to rate both the quality of their sleep and how successful they were at achieving their resolutions. The results revealed a strong relationship, with 60% of people who slept well saying they were able to achieve their resolutions, compared to just 44% of those who slept poorly. The findings re-inforce previous work showing that sleep deprivation disrupts self-control and willpower so maybe it is good to spend time in pyjamas. And the International Business Times offers five simple tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions over the course of 2015:
Establish a routine: setting up and holding to a basic day-to-day routine that keeps you steadily moving toward your goal can make the process much less daunting.
Secondly, and related to the first – Stay organized:
Thirdly, appreciate milestones: A year is a long time so mark any milestone you reach in your journey toward becoming a better person.
Go digital for help: Use planners, reminders and Apps to help you stay on course.
Finally, and perhaps controversially – Set up a contract: If a bank wants to ensure you will pay back your loan on time and in full, it will draw up a contract which sets out exactly what you will be expected to do, and the penalties for non compliance. The same principle could be applied to New Year’s resolutions, so try a website called stickK.com where you can find a platform for people to sign on to “commitment contracts,” and set goals and penalties, such as payment to good causes for missed milestones.