Its that time of the year again when a large number of us will start faltering on new year resolutions.  Research shows that our resolve starts to waver towards the third and fourth week of January only to die the slow death with the gradual acceptance – “If not this year then next year”

The trend is even evident on social media where the number of check-ins made to places like gyms show a sharp dip during February.

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So how do we avoid falling in the “February Dip”?

We at zoojoo.be have created some easy hacks that you can use to avoid the dip and be on track.

1) Set small achievable goals:

Research shows that if you set goals over a smaller span of time your likelihood of achieving it much higher. So instead of resolving to go to gym for rest of your life, its will always serve you well if the resolution went something like this: I will go to gym for 4 days this week.

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Structuring your resolutions this way has two clear benefits. First going to gym for 4 days is clearly much more easier than doing it for rest of your life. Second even if you falter then you have not messed up with a grand plan; its just a 7 day plan and you can always start over.

2) Set reminders and keep a log:

Despite our best of intents to have a great lifestyle, the fact remains that we have a very busy life. Drinking some water or going for a run will always take a backseat in front of the project deadline. We will invariably forget it. So its important that we set reminders that will constantly remind us to do the things that we resolved to. You can use your calendar to set reminders or best still, use zoojoo.be. We will never forget to remind you!

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Logging your resolution related activity will also help you give a clear sense of achievement. As you see more and more logs about you completing the resolutions on a daily/weekly basis, chances are that you will keep up with your resolutions just because you don’t want the log to show “not done”. You can use simple tools like excel sheet to keep a log of your activities or zoojoo.be to track and get enhanced data analytics as well.

3) Set clear goals:

Examine these two resolutions:

a) I will drink more water everyday

b) After I switch on my computer in morning at office, I will fill a bottle of water to drink

Which resolution has the most likelihood of succeeding?

The answer is (b). The reason; First it piggy banks on an existing activity (assuming you use a computer at office!) and second it clearly states so as to what needs to be done. It has been shown in research that forming new habits is much easier if you can use an existing habits as a trigger for the new activity. Here is a template of how to create a resolution to optimize your chances of success:

After I ________, I will _______.

We hope that the above hacks would help you avoid the “February dip”. Let us know what methods you have been using in our comment section.

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