The simplest New Year’s Resolution
We are already two weeks into 2016. How many people have still kept their resolutions?
The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that after a month or two… Or let’s be honest after a week or two we’ve already failed or forgotten about them.
In Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit, he discusses the idea of keystone habits. When you make one simple little habit, you will see a ripple effect in other areas of your life.
I unintentionally put this into practice. Since having a baby I have not spent any time journaling. If my New Year’s resolution would be to journal more often I would have set myself up for failure. As much as I love spending 10-20 minutes each day writing out my prayers, gratitude list, and processing my thoughts I know my good intention would have fizzled out by now. I’m a mommy and wife. I’m working full time. I don’t have any extra time.
A good friend gave me this beautiful little journal for Christmas. I love it because you only need to spend one minute or less each day answering the prompt. This is so simple and easy that I can not fail at this journaling goal. And guess what. There are a lot of days that after I finish this prompt, I then take out my journal and write for ten minutes. The ripple effect at work! And if I don’t do any additional journaling, that’s okay. I’ve already met my journaling goal for the day. Success!
Here are some other examples. You could make the goal to drink a glass of water with each meal and see how that naturally ripples to healthier eating. You could make your bed daily and seeing how that ripples over to a cleaner room. You could walk for 5-10 minutes each day and seeing how that ripples over to a healthier lifestyle. The possibilities are endless!
How about you! What is one super simple goal that is too easy not to do each day?