Did the strike of midnight on December 31 get you thinking about the new year ahead? For many, the beginning of a new year feels like a reset button, offering the chance to reflect and focus on goals to achieve this year. Often we set goals that are too big, vague or numerous, and end up breaking them. But never fear, science is here, with some foolproof ways to making and achieving your goals this year:
1: Pick one (and only one) goal
– Ever wondered why it’s easy to say no to the donut at breakfast, but not so easy to say no to the bag of chips while watching TV that afternoon? It’s because we only get so much self-regulation each day, and it gets depleted when used. Focus on one goal, on one thing
you want to change for the year, and you’ll increase your chances of keeping that resolution.
2. Make it specific and challenging
– Once you’ve picked a goal, make sure it’s not too easy. While it’s nice to have an easy win and tick something off the resolution list, setting the goal-bar too low isn’t motivating. Pick something challenging, specific, and ideally, something you can measure your progress against. Like aiming to add 5 serves of veg into your daily diet, joining a social gardening group twice a week, or adding a 10-minute meditation session into each day.
3. Break it into smaller, short-term goals
– Your goal will seem a lot easier when you take something big (like participating in 30 minutes of physical activity every day) and break it into more manageable chunks (like starting with adding 10 minutes of physical activity into your day a few days a week, and increasing this over time). This will also help you keep tabs on your progress, which will add to your motivation mojo.
4. Prime your environment
– People and things around you influence how you act. If you want to be more active, surround yourself with active people (check out The CHANGE Project
for activities near you). You also need to surround yourself with the right things
– cues to remind you of your goal. For example, to increase your physical activity, you could change your computer password to ‘MoveMeMore2017’.
5. Add accountability
– Your less likely to quit on a friend than yourself. Have people around you that keep you honest, like a walking buddy.
With science on your side, you can be confident that 2017 will totally be the year you keep you New Year's resolution!
FREE Family Foodies Workshops
Looking for something fun to do with the kids over the school holidays? Come along to a free Family Foodies workshop by a nutritionist to learn about healthy eating and developing cooking skills together with your family.
The next Family Foodies workshop will be held in Oakey, 10am to 11am, Friday 20 January 2017, at the Oakey Community Centre (Campbell St).
These fun and interactive workshops focus on learning about energy needs, food choices, establishing healthy habits and making fruit kebabs together. Everyone who attends receives a free healthy eating booklet and can join the Family Foodies online community to connect with others and access support by the nutritionist after the workshop.
To book or find out more about Family Foodies click here
(click on healthy cooking workshops)
To find out more about The CHANGE Project contact Council by calling 131 872 or visit