This Is How To Stick With Your 2020 Resolutions: 8 Secrets From Psychology Research

Hey friends,

Most people don’t end up sticking to their New Year’s Resolutions. They buy gym memberships in January, go a handful of times and then stop bothering. Or they decide to read more, that lasts about a week, and then they revert back to watching Netflix. Let's be honest, you've experienced this yourself.

Research suggests many New Year's resolutions don't make it past the second week of February, and only a measly 9.2 percent of people who make resolutions actually achieve their goals by the time the next new year rolls around.

So if you've fallen off the wagon, know that you're in good company. But don't just accept quitting on your goals for the rest of the year. There are a few things you can do to make your new routines work, based on research into motivation, temptation and achievement.

I published a digest of eight psychology findings that could help make that New Year’s resolution stay around until next December.

Read it on Medium.

Email extras:

Findings from around the Internet…

+ In a series of studies involving thousands of participants, researchers found that we over-estimate how much other people will enjoy, pay for or wait for a desirable experience or object. Full study.

+ Want to know what makes top performers different from most people? Click here.

+ What happens when you ask the users of Reddit which accounts are bots? For the very clever answer, click here.

Kindle highlight of the week:

“You know, old books are a big problem for us. Old knowledge in general. We call it OK. Old knowledge, OK. Did you know that ninety-five percent of the internet was only created in the last five years? But we know that when it comes to all human knowledge, the ratio is just the opposite - in fact, OK accounts for most things that people know, and have ever known.”

― Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore


Next week I'm going to write about the positive impact of having multiple passions on subjective well being and momentary emotions, research backed, of course.

Have a great week!


P.S. From now on, I'll be sending these emails on a weekly basis. One of my goals in 2020 is to create more. The metric is to send at least 30 of these weekly newsletters as a way to make myself write more. 1 down, 29 to go. :)