Turning Your Resolutions Into Habits

Turning Your Resolutions Into Habits

A couple of Mondays ago, Justin Timberlake reminded us all what month it was.

Now that we all know it’s May and the first 4 months of 2017 are behind us,  I’m feeling like it would be a great time to check in on those resolutions you made at the start of the year. Unless you’re like me and didn’t make any resolutions at all.

If you did make a resolution or two and then proceeded to break them, don’t fret because it’s not too late. I have a tip that might make it easy for you to get back on track and stick to them:

Think of your resolutions as habits and start small.

For example, if you resolved to get fit but are having difficulty finding the motivation to exercise, why don’t you start by doing 5 jumping jacks every day? Stick with 5 and make sure to do these 5 every day. If you find yourself doing more on some days by all means go for it. But just remember to at least do 5 minimum. Don’t miss a single day.

If you resolved to read more, make time to read even just for 5 minutes a day. Set a timer and go. Do this everyday and stick to 5 minutes. Even if you’re in the middle of a chapter, put the book down after 5 minutes.

If you resolved to work on and make progress on a particular goal like learning a new skill, writing a book or starting a blog, schedule time everyday on your calendar to work on this goal. Start with just 15 minutes. And make sure it’s a priority. Never spend more than the 15 minutes a day.

If you resolved to get more organized and declutter, pick one small area like your desk, your nightstand or that chair. You know what chair I’m talking about. The one in your bedroom that has become such a catchall for clothes, books, remote controls, etc that it can no longer can function as a chair. Spend 15 minutes clearing it off. If it takes more than 15 just stop and save it for the next day. Just make sure you don’t add more to it as you’re in the process of decluttering it. When the chair can once again serve as a chair, choose another hotspot of clutter and do the same thing. But be sure you never forget the chair. You continue this slow and steady picking new hotspots to focus but never forgetting the ones you’ve already addressed as you move along. Once you check off an area as done and clutter-free, make sure you do a quick tidy every night and check these spaces to make sure they stay clutter-free.

Are you guys seeing the pattern?

You’re basically doing the following:

1) For each resolution, identify one minimal action that is required for that resolution to be successful.

2) Commit to performing that minimal action every single day.

3) Allow yourself to modify the timing or intensity of this action but always perform the minimal action everyday.

When you apply these basic steps for each resolution and commit to them, you will be able to check them all off as done when it comes time to create new ones.

Just think about how awesome that’s gonna make you feel.


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