A healthier New Year

The end of 2014 may seem far away, but it is never too early to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

If you’re like me, you’ve made about a hundred promises to yourself over the past year that you haven’t put effort into keeping. Use these three tips to hold yourself accountable this year.

Tell someone:

Tell someone what you’re doing. It is easy to talk yourself out of doing something if you have no one to answer to.

If your resolution is to hit the gym more often, find a workout buddy so you can’t back out without leaving them high and dry.

If you’re trying to eat healthy, ask someone to be on your case if you go for that second bowl of ice cream.

Finalize goals:

Make your goals concrete. We all want to be more mindful and appreciate the good parts of life, but these are hard things to measure.

Try going to yoga class one or two times a week or meditating for five minutes a day. Having a goal that you can measure helps hold you to it and makes you feel proud.

Write it down:

Whether it is in a journal, on a calendar or on a piece of paper hung from your refrigerator, have some way of reminding yourself of your goal.