Tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions

So you've decided to take the leap and return to study in 2021. Making New Year's resolutions will help you stay on track, while keeping the all-important big picture in mind. These tips will help you make the most of your resolutions.

Look to the future

Change takes time. One thing that anyone with a vision and bold ideas needs to have is patience. If you can cultivate this attribute and remind yourself why what you’re doing is important, you’ll be far more likely to succeed in the long run. 

Fortunately, a year is enough time to make significant progress towards even the most ambitious of goals. Whether you’re taking the plunge to improve your fitness and health, learn a language, or perhaps considering a change in career direction, the time to start working towards your goal is now.

Track your progress

The more you clarify the details of your resolution, the more likely you will be to succeed. The reason for this is that it’s easier to chart your progress and maintain motivation when you know exactly what you’re working towards. An easy way to do this is to break each of your resolutions down into sub-goals – you might call these milestones 

This provides a useful road map for attaining your goals. Observing your progress over time is satisfying in its own right and will help you stay committed long-term. You can even work physical rewards into your plans, treating yourself each time you achieve a milestone. This could be as simple as a good bottle of wine, tickets to a concert, or even a membership to follow your favourite sports team. 

A schedule a day keeps procrastination away

Once you’ve broken down your career resolutions into manageable milestones, it’s always worth attaching a time goal as well. 

Be realistic and set achievable goals. This will help you stay accountable to the most important person of all: yourself.

Share your resolutions

The simple act of sharing your resolutions with family and friends is motivating. It makes you accountable to those you care about most and ensures you never feel isolated in what you’re striving for. 

An Australian study from 2015 found that 76 per cent of people who achieved their New Year’s resolutions said that sharing their resolutions was a key step in their success. 


With QUT Online you will have the ability to study while you work, and ultimately to make your resolution reality.

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