Don't feel like taking a resolution on the New Year's Day, no worries just shift your goal setting days to standard Mondays, revealed a new study.
Important days such as birthdays, new year day encourage people to set goals and also tend to be a new beginning. It helps them to make a fresh start forgetting their past.
‘Events in the calendar such as New Yearís Day and even standard Mondays are the best times to set new goals.’
A paper published in the Journal Psychological Science
suggests that people favor the 'fresh start effect' associated with landmark days because it enables them to psychologically disassociate themselves from their past, imperfect self.
Researchers at Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania carried out several studies to examine how people's perception of time affects their ability to set, and more importantly reach, goals.
They found that people chose important days as a time for setting new goals and accomplishing them. They also found that online search trends such as 'diet' peaked at the beginning of week and month while data from a university gym website showed increased visits on similarly 'landmark' days.
They suggest that even though goals are not accomplished, people can opt for other days of the year like standard Mondays for re-setting their goals.