Setting a goal is one thing, but sticking to it is where the real challenge lies. Even if you lose weight, score the job of your dreams, or pay off all of your credit card debt, what happens if you gain some of the weight back, lost the job during the COVID-19 pandemic, or have to make another charge to your credit card? In other words, the plateau can hit soon after progress is made, and tough times inevitably arise, making maintaining your said goal difficult.
Keeping your goals in check is even more difficult during this rough period of American history where we are dealing with a pandemic, social uprising, and probable economic recession. But, it doesn’t mean you that shouldn’t try to keep your head held high and your goals at the forefront of all that you do! Don’t be anxious – Greenhouse Apartments will help you maintain your goals with these actionable steps to take to stay committed during a time of extreme adversity and discomfort.
Establish a New Routine
Routines help us reach our goals, and most likely, your usual routine has been upended right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, whether your gym or fitness center is closed or you’re unable to make it into the office 40 hours per week as usual. This means it’s important to establish new daily habits and allow your routine to help you. Everyone faces obstacles when maintaining their progress— so, be kind to yourself and try not to feel too guilty. Although establishing a new routine can tough, it is certainly worth the extra effort.
Get Social Support
We’re only human— meaning we are very social creatures, who tend to thrive on affirmation and support from our loved ones. With that being said, social support is strongly linked to personal achievement! Not only can your family, friends, and coworkers help you stay accountable for your goals, but they can also provide encouragement when you need it most. Even if you have to be socially distanced, a quick video call or text with someone close to you can mean the world and provide you with a motivational boost that you desperately need.
Find New Commitment Devices
What is a commitment device, exactly? Well, it’s a psychological concept devised by journalist Stephen J. Dubner and economist Steven Levitt, which refers to a mechanism to lock yourself into a plan of action that you might not want to follow through with otherwise. You can choose to reward or punish yourself for your chosen behavior— although to keep it positive, we tend to go with the reward aspect! Trying to lose 10 pounds? After a week of strict meal planning and exercise, reward yourself with a cookie or donut, AKA the perfect commitment devices.
At Greenhouse Apartments in Houston, Texas, nothing is more important to us than your health, happiness, and overall well-being. We offer these informative blogs as a way to enhance your lifestyle beyond the scope of the physical features and services that we provide in our beautiful and welcoming community.