The key to achiev­ing New Year’s res­o­lu­tions

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As goals for 2019 pop into your mind, try nar­row­ing down your list to just one—it will help en­sure you’re suc­cess­ful, re­port re­searchers in the jour­nal Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence. When they gave study sub­jects the option to try sev­eral chal­lenges at once or choose one to mas­ter, few peo­ple opted to focus their en­ergy on a sin­gle goal—most tried to do it all, and they ended up un­der­per­form­ing. The au­thors say know­ing and ac­cept­ing how much you can re­al­is­ti­cally do al­lows you to strate­gi­cally in­vest your ef­fort so you avoid feel­ing over­whelmed and cross the fin­ish line.

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