Holding Yourself Accountable

If you’re anything like the rest of us, you make a New Year’s Resolution (or “intention” if you’re all trendy and shit), and you stick to it for like… a week, maybe a month. And then you turn back into your regular crap eating, lazy-ish, procrastinating, lovely self.

I mean, there’s nothing wrong with being yourself. If you’re lazy then, whatever, be lazy. However, if it bothers YOU that you’re lazy, maybe it’s time to actually do something about that.

I’ll start by saying that if you’re in college, forget it. Those crappy habits of binge eating and drinking too much and sleeping in aren’t going away until you graduate because your friends are just going to harass the shit out of you until you give in. You can grow up when you get a full time job.

Now, if you HAVE a full time job and actually need to be a responsible adult then there are ways to get into long term habits that don’t include “making a promise to yourself” because we all know that’s crap and it doesn’t work. So TELL SOMEONE ELSE. Part of holding yourself accountable is having the confidence in yourself to let others know. This way you’re more likely to stick to it (because no one wants to fail publicly I mean, c’mon).

Set short term goals for yourself and stop making excuses. As in, don’t just say “I’m going to eat healthy this year”. Psh, ok. Actually make a plan. Cut out one bad thing from your diet a week. See how it makes you feel. Keep a food diary. Set an alarm on your phone to remind to yourself to actually use the food diary.

Most importantly, don’t be so damn hard on yourself. Messing up once shouldn’t stop you from continuing. So you said you were going to make your lunch for work every day and you ending up buying your lunch three days in a row… so go to the grocery store tonight and prep your meals while you’re watching Real Housewives.

Get it, girl.

 

xx Jill

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this! Something I’m definitely working on this year.

  2. Emma says:

    Preach girl! I definitely share my goals with my family and friends to help keep me accountable. Thanks for being real about New Years Resolutions and reminding us to not be so hard on ourselves!

  3. I am trying to be better about keeping up my schedule so I’ll try these tips out!

  4. Stacy says:

    Not being so hard on myself is my biggest challenge. Thanks for this inspiring post!

  5. I loved this so much. I have just started telling people my goals to help hold me accountable and it’s been great motivation. Happy new year! X

  6. Michelle says:

    Love this post! Being accountable to others (especially people you’re not super close with who won’t judge anyway, like a work colleague) is such a motivator. It’s really good if you’ve got another person with the same goal too and you can encourage each other! Bring on 2017!

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