2020 was a year no one could have predicted. Anddd let’s face it, 2021 is probably going to be a wild ride too. But, it’s a New Year so no excuses. How many times have you said to yourself this is the year you’re going to get started but haven’t?
This is the year to build small habits that can change your life for the better. Here are my small habit changes that have worked for me over the past year:
WRITE IT DOWN.
While this may seem a little silly, it works. Pen and paper, or digital. (I prefer pen and paper) I write it down in my planner and have it open at all times. This is a constant reminder of the work that needs to be done. To add onto this, schedule time to work on your goals
For example, “I’m going to work on XXX between 10-11am Tuesday morning” – Just as you make time to hang out with friends and watch Netflix, make time for hard work.
Commit To Small Time Frames
Do you want to read more? How about learning a new instrument? Commit to a small time frame per day. Don’t shoot for the stars if you can’t commit to it. Set realistic standards. “I want to read 5 pages of my book everyday.” or “I’m going to practice the piano for 10 minutes a day.”
By doing so, you’ll set yourself up to most likely do more than this. You’ll probably end up reading more than 5 pages or a book or practice longer than 10 minutes.
Trigger Your Next Habit
Think of this as a chain effect. What’s your morning routine? Wake up, brush your teeth, morning skincare routine, then you take a shower.
Do the same thing with other daily habits and goals you want to achieve.
First, I’ll make my bed, then I’ll stretch for 20 minutes, then I’ll write out my plan for the day, after I’ll write a blog post. Then so on.
One thing triggers the next, and once you get in the swing of things, it becomes a force of habit just like your daily routine.