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When the New Year comes, everyone seems to have an idea of how they want to change, to make the most of the next 365 days (or 366 in 2020). While it’s easy to dream up resolutions, it takes a lot of effort to actually see them through for an entire year.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology followed 159 people who made New Year’s resolutions to see how long they stuck. Slightly over one in four people gives up on their resolutions after just two weeks, at 29%. After one month, 36% dropped their resolutions and the remaining 54% gave up after six months.

New Year’s resolutions have the potential to set your new year up for success, especially in your professional life. As PR professionals, setting writing goals can only improve our talents as storytellers. If Here are three of PR Daily’s methods for sticking to writing goals, that I look forward to (hopefully) sticking to in 2020.

  1. Eliminate any goals that aren’t your top priority.

While it’s easy to juggle several goals, especially in agency life, picking the top 5 and fully committing your focus to them is much more effective. Warren Buffett swears by this strategy, he calls it the 5/25 strategy – prioritizing the most important 5 goals out of 25.

  1. Have an accountability system or partner.

Whether it’s a weekly check-in with your boss or setting aside time to self-reflect every week, finding a way to hold yourself accountable will keep you on track to better meet your goals.

  1. Make sure your goals are modest enough. 

If you’re anything like me, you tend to over-commit to resolutions that are too ambitious. (Want to exercise more? How about a 5-mile run every morning!) Being honest with yourself and creating reasonable goals will only increase your odds of being successful, while being overly ambitious can set you up for failure.

What are your resolutions for 2020, and how do you plan on sticking to them?

Annelise Krafft
Annelise Krafft
Annelise is a Phoenix native who has spent her whole life around the media. When she’s not writing, you can find her tracking the latest celebrity gossip. Check out Annelise's complete bio here.

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