Sometimes it’s hard to choose a resolution and even harder to keep it going for a year.
After reading Atomic Habits, opens a new window, I decided to employ James Clear’s four ways to easily build a good habit (Make it obvious. Make it attractive. Make it easy. Make it satisfying.) and/or reverse them to break a bad one. To make it easy, I chose to change my resolution each month. It’s easier to do something when you think you only have to do it for one month rather than one year.
Not surprisingly, some habits are harder than others to build and break. For instance, I have found ditching social media checks in the morning to do yoga surprisingly easy. The 10 to 15 minutes I spent each morning on mindless social media scrolling are now spent mindfully with Adrienne and Benji. There are so many free yoga videos out there and guess what? Some of them are only 10 minutes long.
However, some home improvement project steps have left me frustrated and discouraged. I was trying to work on a project for just one hour a week, but it wasn’t happening. Fortunately, I read Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before, opens a new window for inspiration. She helped me out of mid-year slump with lots of great suggestions to keep the momentum going. One thing to keep in mind is that the goal isn’t necessarily to be better than anyone else, but to be better than you were before.
No matter what your goal is, you can find inspiration from books. Here are some other titles you might check out for encouragement and motivation as you continue your journey to ‘better than before.’