4 Steps to Maintaining Your New Years Resolutions
Much like a 5 year plan or a business goal meeting you need to pick your big picture item and break it down from there.
Step 1: What do you want to achieve at the end of 2021?
Got it? GREAT, moving on...
Step 2: Think about how much time you are going to dedicate to this habit.
Is it 5 minutes a day? Is it 1 day a month? It will all differ slightly depending upon the end goal but you need to know what you are willing to set aside each month for this to gradually grow throughout the year.
Step 2.5: Block off some time in your calendar for this.
Whatever time you decide to dedicate, put it on your schedule and make it recurring. It could simply say GOAL as what you do for that goal may change as it grows and the time that you dedicate to it may change also.
Step 3: Pick your very first step.
After this short planning session. You will want your first step to be something you can start today!
It could be adding something in your life or taking something out. It could also be research for a next step. There are really endless possibilities. The main part for this step is to break big chunks or projects into little bite sized actionable steps that you can accomplish without totally changing your schedule or trying to do ALL OF THE THINGS.
Step 4: Repeat!
If step 3 involved a new habit being built or changing a habit you may have to repeat this tiny actionable step for a couple of weeks until it becomes something that is easy for you. If the step was something cut and dry and you complete it… you get to find the next step and repeat!
A big piece of this step 4 is that you are continuing to do the things that are getting you baby steps closer to the end goal in sight, using the amount of time that is manageable for your schedule.
Most of the time these steps don't need to eat up a whole day, or even a whole hour of your day, and that's what makes them attainable.
After 6 (or maybe even 3 months!) you can start to see some pretty noticeable progress to your end goal in sight without an overwhelming feeling of "I have to do all of these things all of the time to stay on track".
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