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Here's How to Make Sure You Actually Stick With Your New Year's Resolutions

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There is always so much pressure to make big, sweeping resolutions for the new year. And with 2020 — a new decade — on the horizon, I bet we're all feeling that pressure a little more than usual. I want to preface this by saying you are by no means obligated to have New Year's resolutions. They don't often work, and if they're going to cause you more stress than happiness, don't do it! But while arbitrary, a brand new year often seems like a chance to start anew, to make changes in your life you've always wanted to make. 

So if — and that's a big if — you really want to commit to striving toward some goals in the new year, here are 10 tips to make sure you stick with it. 

1. Pick one thing to change at a time.

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It's December 30. You've been wasting away at your parents' house for a week, simultaneously manic from all the sugar cookies and exhausted from family obligation and travel. It's easy to feel like when the new year rolls around, you want to overhaul everything. But when you're formulating your New Year's resolutions, it's best to pick one thing. Or two things. But pick one thing to tackle at a time. You're much more likely to stick to one new habit than eight new habits in all different areas of your life.