I don't know about you, but I personally am not a fan of New Year's resolutions. I find that I start off every year excited about my pledge to lead a healthier lifestyle-promises like eating better, exercising regularly and getting more sleep. But then by March, when that gym membership or "healthy eating" regimen hasn't gone according to plan, I feel guilty for not following through on what I promised. That's not a great feeling. The problem is that most resolutions set us up for failure by demanding too big a change in our routine to keep. Fortunately, resolutions to get financially fit for your retirement are easier to keep than heading to the gym at 5 a.m., thanks to a few simple habits that fit easily into your current routine. Here are six steps you can take today to start 2017 off on the right foot and become a more confident retirement saver:
1. Start earlyeven just a little bit
2. Don't forget to stretchcompany match
3. Pace yourself
4. Monitor your progresscan like an IRA
5. Know your strengthstarget date fund
6. Keep your eye on the balllike CoRI Anne Ackerley is the Head of BlackRock's U.S. & Canada Defined Contribution ( USDC ) Group and a regular contributor to The Blog .