What You Need to Know
- Many of us feel bad.
- Resolutions tend to relate to those negative emotions.
- The author doubts focusing on negative feelings leads to long-term success.
When we make a New Year’s resolution, we’re making a decision to do or not do something, to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit.
Such resolutions are based on negative emotions, things about us we aren’t satisfied or happy with.
Resolutions seem motivating at first, but they can create feelings of anxiety and decreased self-worth.
This focus on negative feelings seldom provides long-term motivation.
Last year, a survey from YouGov conducted for the productivity app creator Evernote, revealed that:
1. More Americans were planning to make resolutions — and were approaching those resolutions more seriously.
About one-third of Americans (32%) planned to make New Year’s resolutions, compared to only 28% from a survey conducted the year before.
2. Health-related goals were the top priority.
Roughly two-thirds (66%) of Americans who planned on making resolutions intended to make health-related resolutions (e.g., mental health, healthy eating, etc.)
3. With economic uncertainty, career-related goals seemed to be on hold.
Of those who planned on making resolutions, only 35% reported them being career-related. Career-related goals were the sixth most popular resolution type behind health (66%), fitness (54%), personal finance (52%), productivity/organization (41%), and relationships (40%).
4. Productivity apps are becoming a popular way to achieve goals.
Roughly two-thirds (66%) of Americans who intended to make resolutions said they would consider using a productivity app to stay on track with their New Year’s resolutions.
5. People are not that likely to keep their resolutions.