Instead of setting a resolution for the entire new year, set short-term goals for 90 days. These chunks make big goals more manageable. If you fail, you can try again or re-evaluate the goal within a shorter time span.
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On one hand, setting a resolution for 90 days means that the end is in sight from the start. Being able to see the finish line can be encouraging, and can make the challenge less intimidating.
Additionally, if you make a resolution for the whole year and then fail, it's easy to just wait until next year to try again. A 90-day goal means that even if you fail your resolution early on, you can pick yourself up, dust off and take another stab at it.
Why 90 Day Goals Are Better Than Year-Long Ones [Fast Company]