Happy New Year!
I am actually not into New Years Resolutions. Shocking, I know. I do love working on goals though and usually have personal and business goals that I am working on on an ongoing basis. This year in particular I am thinking more about habits.
We make resolutions to lose weight, to eat better, get healthy, start exercising, quit smoking or drinking alcohol, or to get organized, etc. Those are all great areas to work on however, they are big and often we just want the end result. We haven’t considered the small steps needed to get there. The rate of failure around these goals is huge.
So, let’s consider this. What if we think about habits instead? Habits – which can be like small steps to get to where we want to go. If you have ever tried to change habits, you know it is not easy.
I have been reading Atomic Habits by James Clear and wow it is such a game changer!
Here are some ideas from his book:
“The process of behaviour change always starts with awareness. You need to be aware of your habits before you can change them.”
“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. Getting one percent better every day counts for a lot in the long run.”
“The most effective way to change your habits is to focus not on what you want to achieve, but on who you wish to become.”
“Your identity emerges out of your habits. Every action is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.”
Some Easy Habits to Work On:
Making your bed every day – it feels so good to walk into your bedroom and see that the bed is made. It only takes a couple of minutes (if that) and It means you can lay down and have a nap or maybe meditate for awhile. (Get Organized)
Folding your laundry when it comes out of the dryer – this saves you time later and avoids those wrinkles that can occur. It also helps you to stay on top of the laundry which helps you to have clean and unwrinkled clothes when you are looking for what to wear. (Get Organized)
Doing the dishes once or twice a day and keeping up with them – means you have room to cook a meal and to find the dishes and utensils you need when you need them. (Get Organized, Get Healthy)
Tidying up on a daily basis – when you leave a room take something with you to put away or tidy up a bit before bed. This little hack will pay off in the long run and keep your place looking tidy and less cluttered. (Get Organized)
Sleeping better – going to bed at a regular time, limiting devices, doing some reading with an actual book before falling asleep, listening to a meditation, etc. Sleep is so important and helps us to be on our game the next day. (Get Healthy)
Exercising and moving more – 10 minutes a day, stretches before bedtime, going to the gym a couple of times a week, joining a program with others , a 10 minute walk, dancing to a few songs – keeps it doable so that it starts to become a habit. (Get Healthy and Fit)
Eating Better – add something healthy to your menu plan each week. Substitute unhealthy snacks for healthier ones. Limit yourself to one small bowl of chips instead of two. Whatever you can do that makes sense to you if this is your goal. (Get Healthy and Fit).
It’s really amazing how these habits can really work together.
A few habits I am working on:
- Reading from a book every night before bed. I was using Kindle but it’s too easy to start scrolling and then I can’t sleep.
- Writing on a regular basis whether it’s in a journal, for a blog post or a possible book.
- Learning more about plant based nutrition as we have changed our diets.
- Ongoing habits of healthier living – yoga, walking (even if its 10 minutes at a time), stretching and meditation.
- Tidying up each evening before bed.
How is the New Year shaping up for you? Do you set New Years Resolutions or Goals? Are you considering working on small habits instead?
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