Why you need to start your New Year’s resolutions today!
How many New Year’s resolutions have you made but broken within a few days? One? Two? Three hundred?
In fact, according to U.S. News, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.
So, this year, instead of waiting until January 1st, you may want to start your resolutions ahead of time. Here’s why:
No time to plan
Starting January 1st doesn’t give you time to plan
If you start on New Year’s day, you may already be behind. If you truly want to excel and crush your New Year’s resolution, you need to start planning well in advance. This may be especially true if there is a habit you need to start.
Habits take time to cultivate. There is a lot that goes into creating new habits.
For example, let’s say you want to start meal prepping to save money and lose weight.
You will need to research meals and plan your grocery list well in advance. You will also need to set aside some time to actually prepare the meals.
Note: keep in mind part of successfully sticking to you goals is creating a plan that works for you and your situation.
Everyone likes a head start
Who doesn’t like a head start?
The sooner you begin your resolution, the more time you have to achieve your goals. No matter what your goal is, starting early will give you an advantage.
This will give you time to start implementing some of your habits. Let’s say you want to start saving an extra $20 a week.
Start small and begin saving $10. Then by January, $20 will feel like a no-brainer.
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The season could steal your motivation
Whether your resolution is to save more money or to lose weight, the holidays can really set you back.
Let’s say you overspend on your holiday shopping and have a large amount of credit card debt to repay in January.
This could drain you of your motivation. You may want give up before you even start.
Starting early, will set you up for success.
If you’re budget conscious during the holidays, you may be more motivated when it comes time to really ramp your savings into gear.
The truth is you’re just procrastinating
Let’s be honest, you’re not waiting until January just because. You’re simply procrastinating.
This may be one of the biggest challenges you will face when trying to accomplish your resolution.
According to the Association for Psychological Science, people who procrastinate have higher levels of stress and lower levels of well-being.
People who procrastinate tend to believe they are not equipped to handle the task at hand.
By starting earlier you will give yourself the opportunity to work through any challenges in advance.
The bottom line
Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, start today. Start saving, losing weight, or tackling your debt to truly crush your resolution.
The sooner you start, the better chance you will have of achieving your ultimate goal. You will also get a head start and be well ahead of your peers when January rolls around.
So what are you waiting for? What New Year’s resolution are you starting today?
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