When I want a change in a specific area of my life, sometimes I realize that annual goal setting is not the answer. Focusing on a mini goal or creating a habit can be a better way to succeed in the change I want to make.
I wanted to have time in the morning before my daughters got up, so a little over a year ago I focused on making a habit of getting up early each morning. I forced myself to get up every morning before they woke up and did not get myself any wiggle room. After doing this for a few weeks, I have now made a habit out of it. So much so that if I am behind on my sleep and sleep in for a few mornings, I do not have any trouble getting back to early mornings after taking a break from them. I made it a habit and found that focusing on daily mini goals was the way to go.
I found that this method also worked when I was getting out of the habit of regular exercise. I challenged myself to do Burpees every day and tracked the progress. I was shocked that the simple task of setting the specific small goal and holding myself accountable by tracking my progress (by writing it down!) really worked.
Small daily habits or goals can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer.
In 2016, I am going to focus on a new habit or mini goal every month. This is how it will work each month:
- I will share the habit or mini goal for the month.
- I will provide a printable tracker for the month.
- I will share tips and tricks for the monthly habit or mini goal.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the mini goals I have in mind:
- Daily movement or exercise (January!)
- Technology breaks
- Daily gratitude lists
- Daily flossing
- Daily devotions
- Consistent sleep schedules
- Meal Planning…I would rather skip this one, but am planning on including it so I can improve in this area.
I would love to have you join the 12 Mini Goals Challenge. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to be e-mailed the challenge each month. If we get to a month where the goal doesn’t fit into your life, you can always tweak it to be a mini goal that works for you.
January Mini Goals Challenge: Daily Movement or Exercise
January Resource: List of Free Online Fitness Resources
Health & Wellness Printable Planner
Free Fitness Tracker Printable
February Mini Goals Challenge: Cut Back on Evening Snacking
Over 30 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Daily Routine
March Mini Goals Challenge: Complete 30 Days of Pilates
April Mini Goals Challenge: Clear Kitchen Counters
May Mini Goals Challenge: Clean Out Clothing Closets
June Mini Goals Challenge: Reset My Mornings and Get Up Early
July Mini Goals Challenge: Drink More Water
8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day
August Mini Goals Challenge: Track Daily Reading
If you prefer focusing on just one annual habit, get the annual habit tracker here.
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