At the beginning of every year everyone starts to think of all the areas they would like to improve or change in their lives. I myself do the same thing, but the problem is making these potentially helpful changes stick. This year I am trying something new. Instead of writing down a long list of things I want to change in the year, I’m choosing one change a month. One of the largest downfalls of most resolutions is that we set several goals at the same time, which means you’re not giving any one goal your full attention. Losing weight and working out is one of the most common resolutions that people set. Research says that consistency is the key; you need to dedicate at least three consecutive weeks to establish a routine. Here is one goal that needs dedication for a full month to just establish a habit, and while you will still need to put in effort once it becomes a part of your schedule, it is no longer a chore.
So here is my plan; at the beginning of every month I will assess what I feel needs to be accomplished and work from there. The great thing about this approach is that each month I accomplish a goal it will encourage me to move forward instead of discourage me for the entire year. And if for some reason I don’t reach that month’s goal, it has only been a month. Let’s be honest, when setting a goal for the year it’s easy to push it back because you feel you have plenty of time to get to it.
January – Increase my exercise, decrease my stress.
- I started yoga again through my 24 hour fitness membership. I can’t make any excuses not to go it’s a free class.
- My wonderful boyfriend and I have been hitting the gym together in the evenings. While we are not working out side by side, the encouragement to get out of the house and making the arrangements before has helps my motivation.
- I started taking breaks and walking around the block with a co-working. Monday through Friday we take at least 2 ten minute walks, fresh air and a little venting and I feel more balanced when I return to my desk.
- I joined an arena soccer league that I paid for. Nothing motivates more than the thought of wasting money when I could be shopping Now that I have paid for an entire season you better believe that I will be at the games, working out while having fun.
Two weeks in and I’m still motivated…let’s see how the next two weeks unfold and where my next month’s goals will lead me!