With a new year comes new resolutions. With a new resolution comes the steadily declining motivation to accomplish them. We’ve all been there – starting off the new year pumped to check off your neglected life goals, only to realise midway that you don’t have the motivation to push yourself to the finish line.
But don’t worry! We know that your sustainable resolutions are important to you and will do all we can to keep you from hitting that roadblock. Here are some powerful tips to help you achieve your sustainable living goals in 2020.
1. The Buddy System
Get yourself a friend or family member who’s also looking to make sustainable lifestyles for themselves! This motivation system has proven effective with goals related to fitness, academic improvement, employee satisfaction and much more. A 2014 study by Dominican University of California discovered that participants who sent weekly updates to a friend about their goals were far more likely to achieve what they set out to do. More than 70% reported completely accomplishing their goals or being more than halfway there compared to 35% of those who kept goals to themselves and didn’t even write them down.
Set up a feasible game plan that you and your buddy can follow through with for the rest of the year. You can track each other’s progress and lend a helping hand when either of you are slacking.
2. Hone Your Surroundings
Never underestimate the importance of your environment in achieving your goals. When you gear your physical and digital space to help you reach your goals, you’re much more likely to succeed. Set up reminders in your personal spaces of the importance of your resolutions – emphasise on your role in helping the world become a better place to live in. Hang up posters and small post-it notes around to keep you on track. This strategy could apply to your digital space as well – start following positive sustainability accounts that motivate you to follow the plan you’ve set for yourself. These could be personalities that are looking to follow sustainability lifestyles themselves or simply accounts that share updates and tips on sustainability. Small but routine reminders of your goals can do wonders for your drive to push further on this green journey.
When following these tips, always remember that incremental growth is key. The fact that you make a daily choice to opt out of a takeaway meal may not seem like much now, but will save the planet from kgs of plastics a few weeks from now. To reduce your impact even further, go PlasticNeutral with us – we send you reduction tips customised for your lifestyle on a bi-weekly basis!