This morning, as I scheduled my upcoming year over a clean planner and a mug of hot tea, I asked my roommate Colleen, “Do you have any New Years’ resolutions?”

She replied without hesitation: “Those aren’t a real thing.”

Resolutions on Jauary 1st, she argued, are just like resolutions on any other day, except you get to put them off. Why not a December 30th resolution, or a mid-July resolution? Why not ask your co-workers if they’ve made any big Tuesday Resolutions? In short, every day is a day to resolve to wake up and be better than you were the day before.

While I hold the different opinion that New Years’ Resolutions offer valuable opportunities for self-reflection, I do agree that January 2 has just as much potential for self-improvement as January 1. In fact, only 8 percent of people who make resolutions keep them, probably because once the novelty of a new year has worn off, old habits can creep back in.

So how do you maintain the change, even after the New Year has begun? We at Dabble have been boning up on some tactics to share with you.

1. Resolutions are Best “Fun Size”

When you made your resolution this year, how specific were your goals? Did you promise yourself to spend more time with your family, or to call your parents every Sunday? Did you promise to be more frugal, or did you set out a budget? Did you promise to take more me-time, or to meditate for thirty minutes each morning?

You can’t resolve to be healthier, or more frugal, or more organized. Being anything isn’t a goal; it’s a side effect of doing. To stick with your resolution, break the is-isms in your resolutions down into goals that are measurable and achievable on a daily basis. Set aside time to be aware of your actions in tangible ways– be that making your bed every morning or packing a health-conscious lunch– and you’ll find yourself making more conscious decisions throughout the rest of the day.

2. Don’t Break Old Habits

Passive actions, or habits, are the number one nemesis of a resolution. Even as you promise yourself to stop snacking on that bowl of candy at reception, you catch yourself unwrapping a jolly rancher at 9 a.m. Habits are passive to the point of being sneaky, and it’s hard to make the better choice when your brain isn’t even making a decision.

In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg advises readers that simply breaking bad habits isn’t enough. When conditioned for long enough a brain will “chunk” different bits of information into one large action. When you start a car, for example, your brain has built a chunk out of turning the key, pressing the brake, switching gears, etc. This is adaptive — re-taking driver’s ed after any long stint of public transportation would be incredibly inconvenient– but the brain can’t distinguish habits you want from habits you don’t. It will bind together a cigarette with your lunch break just as much as it will the actions necessary to start a car. Even if you go cold turkey for months, routine behaviors will automatically pop up as soon as old impulses are presented to you.

So how do you keep old habits at bay in 2015? Replace the routine. All habits, Duhigg says, are broken into three parts: cue, routine, and reward. Find the cue that inspires your old habit, and identify the reward you gained from it. If you would smoke to break up the workday, fight boredom with a walk outside instead, or a quick reading break. The reward of alternate stimulation will be the same, and a new, harmless routine will replace the old one in your neurological pathways.

3. Where is Your Mountain?

How do you envision your future? Grab a big piece of paper and a pen, and start to make a list of all the details of your ideal life: “I am a published novelist,” “I try something new every day,” “I am the president of the United States,”– anything that describes your goals for yourself in the present tense.

Once you have your list, pick the ones that most resonate with you (not necessarily the most realistic or achievable, just the ones that you’re certain you want!) Once you have that list, post it somewhere that you’ll see it regularly and promise to read it aloud once a day. My dad, who’s been reading an affirmation list for years, swears by it. By regularly exposing your mind to your goals, they become much more present when it comes time to make any decision, big or small.

In his 2012 keynote address to The University of the Arts, Author Neil Gaiman said, “Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be – an author, primarily of fiction, making good books, making good comics and supporting myself through my words – was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal. And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain.”

Where is your mountain? Pinpoint it, draw a map, and the directions will reveal themselves to you.

4. Stay Accountable

Stick with your resolutions by scheduling benchmarks down the road. If your resolution involves staying active, sign up for a couple of dance classes throughout the year. If it’s mindfulness you’re going for, schedule meditation workshops. If it’s to try new things, hey, sign up for every Dabble class on the calendar!

Happy January 2, Dabblers. It’s a big day for change!