Fresh Start Effect

Happy 2019!

I have been reading up on the new year resolutions phenomenon. We all know that everyone starts with new intentions, but a few weeks into the new year, they vanish quickly. We fall back to our old habits.

But for so many people the new year feels like a new start. You can be that better person you always wanted to be. It is called the Fresh Start Effect.

According to the fresh-start effect, people are more likely to take action towards a goal after temporal landmarks that represent new beginnings. Temporal landmarks are days that stand out as being more meaningful than other days and generate a “fresh start” feeling that motivate us to achieve our goals.

And you don’t have to wait for the new year. You can start today. Every day is a chance to start something new or do something to improve.

New Year resolutions

First of all, I wish you all the best in 2016!

If you haven’t made any New Year resolutions yet, here is some advice from Dan Ariely: setup your priorities.

… I get a lot of requests for all kinds of time-consuming activities very day. In general I try to be helpful, but there are only 24 hours of the day and I already don’t sleep much. So, in reality every time I say yes to something I also say no to other things – and my sad realization is that my process for saying yes and no does not lead to a plate of activities that fits with my priorities. So, in 2016 I am going to try and figure out what my priorities are, and then direct my time in a consistent way with my priorities. …

Dan Ariely

So, what are your priorities this year?

[photo credits: Colin Knowles]