Advice

How to make your 2024 resolutions stick

Start your year off the way you would like it to end with these thought-provoking questions. Grab a pen and some paper, you might want to reread and reflect on your answers throughout the year.

It’s that time of year when we take stock of what’s been and turn our attention to what’s to come. We have all done it – set lofty new year’s resolutions with the best of intentions, only to find we have left them behind by the time February rolls around. So why not swap your resolutions for journaling this year? Reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the upcoming one can be a powerful and inspiring process.

Set smart goals

When setting goals for yourself, ensure they are SMART. This means they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based. This framework helps clarify your ideas, focus your efforts and use your time productively.

Your prompts for a meaningful year

Reflecting on the past year

  • If you could describe your year in three words, what would they be and why?

  • When did you fail and what did it teach you?

  • What were the highlights?

  • What did you learn about yourself?

Personal development

  • What good daily habits do you want to pick up this year?

  • How do you envision your personal growth over the next 12 months?

Health and wellness

  • What health goals do you have for 2024 (physical, mental, emotional)?

  • What are the steps you need to take to realise these goals?

  • How can you make self-care a priority in your daily life?

Career and professional

  • Where do you see yourself in your career in 2024?

  • What steps can you take to advance professionally or make a positive change in your career?

Relationships

  • Reflect on your relationships with family and friends. Are there any improvements or changes you want to make?

  • How can you strengthen the connections with your loved ones?

Financial goals

New experiences & hobbies

  • List three things you have always wanted to do but haven’t. How can you make them happen in 2024?

  • What creative or recreational activities bring you joy? How can you incorporate them more into your life?

Mindfulness and reflection

  • How can you integrate mindfulness practices into your daily routine for a more balanced and centered life?

  • What strategies can you use to manage stress and maintain a positive mindset?

Contribution and giving back

  • How can you contribute to your community or a cause you care about?

  • In what ways can you make a positive impact on the world around you?

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