New Year New Habits | Why I Don’t Make Resolutions

Hi everyone and welcome back or welcome if you are new. Recently I have seen a lot of people posting about their new year’s resolutions, you know the classic workout every day, be more healthy etc. These are all great ideas, however not always acheivebale. So today I wanted talk about forming habits rather than ‘resolutions’. I’m going to walk you through how I go about breaking it down and creating habits to acheive my ‘big goal’.

Step 1: What’s the ‘Big Goal

So this is the part where you get to have your big dream or resolution, like living a healthier lifestyle.

Step 2: What does that mean & the why

Having a goal isn’t enough, you need to know why you want it and define it. Why do you want to do this? How will it make you feel? What does my ‘big goal’ mean to me? These are all great questions to get you thinking. The why is also more important than you think, like if you want to start a youtube channel just to make money, then you will probably struggle. Whereas if you want to start a youtube channel because it it a genuine passion, then this will show through and give you a stronger likelihood of success.

Sticking with the healthier lifestyle example.
What? Eat more vegetables, work out consistently, meditate daily, daily journal. etc.
Why? To make myself feel better, physically and mentally.

Step 3: Choose one element to focus on

Pick one aspect from the previous step. Our example we’ll use work out consistently.

Step 4: Create a specific & manageable plan

Here you need to further refine your element. A suggestion, decide when you want to workout. If it’s in the morning, pick out your workout clothes the night before, and every morning when you get up put them on. This is starting the process and as we all know, starting is the hardest part. Maybe, everyday for a week all you do is get up and put your workout clothes on. Then the next week you do a 10 minute workout 3 times and so on.

By breaking things into manageable tasks, and incorporating them into your daily habits, you are more likely to stick with them because they are habits that you become accustomed to. This also prevent you from getting burned out. There is a saying, the fastest you rise the faster you fall. Goals work in teh same maner, this is why forming daily habits (even at a slow pace) will benefit you way more in the long run.

There are many books out there that explain the psychological processes behind habit formation and the benefits. A popular choice is Atomic Habits by James Clear. Here is a couple posts about other books on the same subject, HuffingtonPost and Life Hack.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you stick around. I’m really excited for a bunch of content I have planned for this year!
~Tori Scherle~

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I'm 22 years old and starting my Masters in Biology at the University of Ottawa in September. I just recently graduated with my Honours BSc - Biology. I love photography, baking, plants & adventures!

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