I shared my goals for 2012 with you on Monday, but I make New Year’s resolutions, too—and finally, this year, I feel like I might actually get somewhere with them!
While my goals are about big things I want to achieve, my resolutions are more about habits I want to adopt. You know, the little things like:
- Drink more water.
- Take my vitamins.
- Put my shoes in the closet promptly.
- Remove my eye makeup at night. (Ew, gross. I know.)
My husband joined a 3 Tiny Habits group back in December. He picked his 3 tiny habits to work on, and I thought it sounded like such a good idea that I decided to pick some, too. Now I’ve been working on these habits for nearly a month, and I’m carrying that momentum into the New Year. Here are my 3 tiny habits:
- After my alarm clock goes off, then I will turn on the light.
- After I pour myself a cup of coffee, then I will pour myself a glass of water.
- After I take off my shoes, then I will put them in the closet.
Do you see the after…then in my 3 habits? That’s on purpose. The tiny habits are supposed to be contextual. You find something that you’re already doing, and you build on it in order to form a new habit.
And do you see how these are tiny things? They are not hard, but if I follow through on them, I get out of bed on time, take better care of my body, and reduce the clutter in my bedroom–and those are big things for me.
I’m only tackling 3 habits at a time so that I won’t get overwhelmed. It’s working: I’ve been doing my 3 tiny habits successfully for a month, and I think I’m nearly ready to tackle 3 more.
What habits do you want to form in 2012?
photo credit: Jim Murphy