Happy new year!
Yes, maybe it’s cliche but I sincerely love taking time at the beginning of each year to reflect on the previous 12 months and plan for the next. I have a google doc where each January I journal my highlights from the previous year, I map out travel plans in a separate spreadsheet (complete with formulas calculating the number of vacation days required for each trip, estimated cost, and other details… #OCD), and then I brain dump any goals I might have in the back of my mind for the next year (finally signed up for Japanese language classes!).
If you’re like me, then a majority of your goals can be easily accomplished via the power of habit – little steps taken each day or each week that lead you to your goal.
Want to lose weight? Work out daily (or at least 5 days/week), remove processed foods from your daily diet, get 8 hours of sleep a night – all daily habits!
Want to get organized? Set aside 15 minutes a day to clean your home, commit to sorting through your paper mail and recycling what you don’t need each day, and aim for inbox zero at the end of each work day.
Want to save money? Start bringing your own lunch to work each day or brewing your own coffee each morning.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Last year I created a simple and super effective system for harnessing the power of habit. This system helped motivate me to work out 5 days a week, drink more water, and stay consistent with this blog among other things. I call it my daily habit tracker!