So if you find your willpower waning only a few weeks into January, consider these top tips for sticking to your resolutions:
Do it with a friend – you’re more likely to stick to your New Year’s resolutions if you partner-up with a friend, according to a 2012 study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Set goals and measure progress – setting clear goals that you regularly review can help you keep on track with your resolutions. January 2014 research from the British Psychological Society found people who planned what they wanted to achieve and revisited their goals often, identifying what worked and what didn’t, were much more likely to succeed than those who didn’t.
Pick resolutions that are realistic – if you want a resolution to stick, pick something achievable and manageable. Opting for “lofty goals and aspirations” is unlikely to work.