If you’re someone that has problems achieving your New Year’s resolution here are some tips to help you out:

Pick just one at a time

Sometimes you want to make a lot of resolution during the New Year – eat healthier, make a game, conquer the world – but you’ll have problems if you try to do them all at once. Instead, focus your attention on the one that is the most important to you. This way you can plan out how you’ll accomplish it and set reasonable goals.

Talk about it

Tell your friends and family about your plans and what you would like to achieve. If they ask you about your progress, you will feel more accountable. You can also make a blog or update your progress on a forum. People commenting on it and asking for an update will have the same effect on you. Another great thing about talking it out with others? You’ll find others who are doing the same thing. It’s a lot easier to get things done when you have others who understand your frustrations and can encourage you through them. Just make sure you do the same for them when they’re in the same spot.

Set a small goal first

Divide your resolution into smaller and more achievable goals. The more specific they are, the better. You can also set a deadline for each. For example, if you want to make a game, decide on the idea in a week. The following week create your basic controls. This way, you will be able to see progress every month. For the gamers: view your goal as a row of Goombas rather than Bowser.

Reward yourself

Recognize your achievements and reward yourself. Every little goal is a step closer to your resolution. Once you complete something, give yourself a treat like your favorite food, some free time or maybe even some small toy or item you’ve wanted. The more positive feedback you give yourself, the more likely you will be to complete your next goal.

Pick something you like

We usually choose something just because it’s trendy and not because we really like or need it. So just because everyone is doing it, don’t feel pressured to do it too. Do what you love, what you want for your future, not what will make you popular (unless you goal is to become popular).

Don’t give up

Failure is a fact of life and there’s not much you can do about it. Luckily, you’re in good company. Everyone has failed at some point. The ones who learn from it and don’t give up are the ones who ultimately become successful. So even if things don’t go as planned, view it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

And a final word of advice:

Just do it

Just start your project, don’t make an excuse. Today is a great day to start something new.