Happy New Year!
I don’t know about you, but there is something about a fresh start that really motivates me.
Typically I’m a big “January 1” starter of new goals or resolutions, but this year feels different. Mid-last year in 2020 I started focusing on creating habits- daily routines and tasks that challenged me and made me a stronger person- both mentally and physically.
I started tracking these habits on a daily basis and it had a profound impact on my life. So this year, as January 1 approached, I didn’t feel a big need to proclaim a major goal or resolution. Instead, I felt a strong desire to double down on my habit tracking and to renew a few routines that fell to the wayside over the holidays.
A looming due date with another baby is also keeping me motivated! The only real “goal setting” I’m doing has to do with strategy planning and overall business goals for 2021.
Today, I’m going to share how I tackle goals, habits, and journaling that has brought me a lot of freedom and clarity this past year. These sound like simple techniques- and they are. But the magic is in doing them consistently.
I’ve had some periods of time over the past 8 months where I’ve slacked and started to feel so good that I decided I didn’t need to necessarily track my habits daily or do the daily “Big 3” or monthly clarity journaling prompts. And every time, I’ve felt the pressure or stress start to come back.
So, let’s get to it!
Have a happy, healthy & habit-rich new year, friends!
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- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Monday Hour One
- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
- High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
- [0:50] How I started implementing habits instead of resolutions
- [3:40] Specific healthy habits I started doing and tracking before the new year
- [7:35] The daily planning strategy that makes a difference for me
- [10:50] Setting intentions with focus words
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