Here are some strategies to help you actually achieve your 2019 resolutions.

With 2019 freshly upon us, many people will commemorate their newly-found blank slate with a series of New Year’s resolutions. There are the typical ones – exercise more, save money, study harder – all set with good intentions of self-improvement. However, according to US News and World Report, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. So how can we take proactive steps to staying more on track? What types of goals are most likely to be achieved?

The SMART method of goal setting encourages you to think about your goal from every angle, narrowing it down to something more easily attained. In simple terms, your goal should be:

Specific: What do you want to accomplish? Why? What steps need to be taken to see this goal through?

Measurable: How will you know when your goal is accomplished?

Attainable: It shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve, but also not too easy. What’s the sweet spot?

Relevant: Is this the right time to be doing it? Is it worth the cost and resources required?

Time Bound: A deadline will help to keep you motivated. When will you achieve your goal?

This might be an effective goal-getting strategy, but it’s useless without a specific goal in mind. So in keeping with the theme of self-improvement, why not set some mental health resolutions for the New Year? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Schedule time in your calendar for self-care. School can be hectic, but even a 15 minute break to de-stress here and there can be beneficial.

Take a vacation from social media. Eliminate some of life’s stresses easily by planning a weekly block of time to disconnect from technology.

Establish your boundaries, and state them with assertiveness. You don’t need to take on everything yourself. Find your limits, and don’t be afraid to enforce them.

Most importantly, don’t stress if you change your mind about your goals, or don’t keep up with them. Even though the New Year offers promise of change, self-care requires lifelong maintenance. It’s nice to set goals for improvement, but there’s no need to rush your progress.