How to get your New Year’s resolution back on track

For those who have already gotten off track, all hope is not lost. Jan. 1 is not the only — or even the best — time of year to become better versions of ourselves, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Important dates, such as birthdays and other markers or even the start of a new week, can serve as motivation to kick-start new habits, the study found. It’s called the “fresh start effect.”

“The beginning of the week is a great time to start again,” said Wharton professor and behavioral psychologist Katherine Milkman. “The Monday effect is really robust.”

So if you’ve fallen off the wagon, “look for another new date that’s meaningful and use that as the jumping off point,” she said. “That motivates us to achieve more.”

For everyone recommitted to reining in their wallet, click here for three steps to keeping those 2019 financial resolutions.

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