A fresh start can be great and a lot of people use the new year to set new goals. There’s nothing wrong with having New Year’s resolutions but I’m not a big fan of abstract goals such as “lose weight” or “eat healthy”. What you want is specific trackable habits.
Instead of having “lose weight” your might pick the habit of exercising 3 times a week on three specific days such as tuesday, thursday and saturday. If you’re looking to eat healthy, you might want to stop eating sweets or try out a new healthy recipe every week.
By not only being specific but also deciding on days, you’ll avoid the common issue with thinking – I’ll do it tomorrow. When it’s tuesday you visit the gym, end of story. Making progress isn’t about a specific technique or trick – progress comes from consistency. Show up every week, week after week, and I promise you’ll see great results.
Here’s some healthy habits you might want to consider for 2014:
– Decide the days you’ll exercise.
– Get a workout schedule for both cardio and weights.
– Aim to lift heavier or run faster every week.
– Take 10k steps daily (consider Fitbit).
– No sweets.
– No soda.
– Have a food journal.
– Sit down every sunday and plan your meals for the week.
– Try a new healthy recipe every friday.
– Consider what supplements could do for you.
– Turn off TV, computer and other electronics before 23:00.
– Wake up early at a specific time every day, including weekends.
– Review or rewrite your goals every month.
– Go through the ToDo list every morning.
– Unclutter daily, maybe while you’re brushing your teeth.
– Block distracting sites and software.
– Reduce time spent on TV, games and pointless discussions.
Learn something new
– Read and listen to your daily news in a new language.
– Slow down by playing a music instrument for 30 min before going to bed.
– Read about your subject for 30 min before going to bed.
Some additional habits
– Read affirmations every morning for motivation.
– Do Sun Salutation or another kind of yoga as soon as you wake up.
– Floss and brush your teeth daily.
– Create a productive morning routine.
Remember: It’s all about consistency. I’d rather show up and do a half ass exercise to keep the habit going than staying home and skipping with the excuse that I’ll do it tomorrow. If you skip one exercise, you might skip another one and then another until the habit is gone.
Leave a comment below (or write a post on your blog and link to it) letting me know about your goals and habits for 2014. Remember to be as specific as you can.