It’s January, and if you’re like most of us, you’re trying to decide on a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you’ve already kicked into full swing making healthy changes, organizing your home, or creating a budget. New Year’s is a great time of year for goal setting, but it can feel overwhelming. You’re thinking about “what can I commit to for the next 365 days?” That’s a lot of days!
The behavior change expert, BJ Fogg, tells us to strike while the iron is hot. Pretty much, if you’re feeling motivated right now, then start to plan out those changes NOW. Motivation ebbs and flows, so it’s important to take advantage of it while it’s here.
However, Fogg also instructs us to start with “tiny habits” instead of large, lofty goals. It’s ok to envision yourself running the marathon, being 20 pounds lighter, or having an extra $1000 in your savings, however, to make that happen, we need to think about the small things that will get us there.
That’s why this year I’m focusing on 30 days. What can I commit to for 30 days? I think this is one of the things the Whole30 gets right – getting us to think about just the next month.
So how do we start to use the concept of 30 days? You can start by writing down your vision, ie: what do you want your life to look like in 365 days, how do you want to feel, what has changed? And then, think about 3 to 5 things you can do for the next 30 days. Make them action oriented, measurable, and SPECIFIC. Transition from a goal of “Save more money” to “add $10 to my savings account every Saturday”. This makes measuring your success so much easier!
I’m using the 30 days concept as well. That’s why I was so drawn the the Commit30 planner. I save a lot in my Outlook calendar such as specific commitments and appointments, but a physical planner allows me to sit down and really think about “what do I want to accomplish today, this week, this month?”
So far, I love my Commit30 planner. It’s encouraged me to write specific action items every day. It also has a place for me to re-evaluate my goals each month, which aligns with my 30 day timelines for the year. For January, I’m focusing on consistency. Yes, I’ve chosen words to focus on that help remind me of my overall goal for next 30 days. It’s easier for me to have that mantra word to bring me back to what’s really important. So, I wrote “consistency”, and then I wrote out 4 actions that will give me a feeling of consistency in the areas of nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness.
As we wrap up the first weekend of 2018, I encourage you to take a few moments to evaluate your goals or resolutions. Can you simplify them for the next 30 days? Can you create specific, small, action items?
I’ll be giving an update each month on my progress as well and how I’m planning out my 30 days! Happy Planning!