The Resolve to Change Habits, Not Make Huge Resolutions
We’ve broken our share of New Year’s resolutions in the past, and if you have too then this is for you. A lot of times we break resolutions because goals are unreachable, too broad or aren’t meaningful enough to us in the long term. A year is a long time! The trick is starting small and setting those incremental changes into play that’ll really change your life. Here are four resolutions that we’re trying in 2016:
1. Showing up. With busy lives, it’s easy to miss important events in friends’ or family members’ lives. Resolve to do better, but in a measurable way. This could be as simple as setting aside a few minutes at the beginning of each month to add events to your calendar.
Another option is to make a plan for a weekly or monthly touch base with those who are most important in your life. Whether this is a phone call, email, or chat over coffee will depend on your schedules, relationship, and the distance between you, but the intent of saving special time for each other is what matters. Even if it’s a tweet, you’re still building a better habit.
2. Working on our fitness. Because fitness resolutions are very common for us all, we have to address them. But don’t just resolve to “lose weight,” “exercise more,” or “get healthier.” These fitness goals will almost certainly lead to failure. Instead, break things down into manageable chunks. Either plan to lose a certain amount of weight by a certain date or make this resolution one where you pay attention and keep a diary.
3. Travel goals. If you find yourself wishing to visit more exotic locales in the next year, make your plans concrete. Determine where you’d like to go, when you’d like to go, and who you want to take with you. Make reservations as soon as possible so that you can’t go back on your plans.
However, don’t get stuck in the perspective that travel has to be exotic or international: smaller travel goals can include visiting new neighborhoods near where you live, trying new restaurants, or even joining local groups like book or hiking clubs. After all, what travel means most is simply having new experiences.
4. Disconnect to reconnect. In the spirit of focusing on your priorities, powering down your technology is a great way to do it. Try doing it a day a month, or however often you can. Then you can connect with your friends and family in person, without interruptions.
These are just a few ways to think of resolutions differently – in a way that is attainable and can make an impact on your life over the long term. If you have other ideas to share, we’re all ears!