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

If you prefer focusing on just one annual habit, get the annual habit tracker here.

12 Mini Goals Challenge

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19 Comments on 12 Mini Goals Challenge

  1. This is a great idea! I think this makes goal-setting much less overwhelming. My first one would be to start waking up earlier so I have extra time in the mornings. Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

  2. Mini goals really are the key to making BIG changes in habits over time. That’s also my focus for 2016. Cheers to a joy-filled year! Happy to be your neighbor at the RaRaLinkup today!

  3. I do the same thing and it’s always proven more fruitful than goals that are a year long. Check out my blog for my 2016 list. Every week I share our family’s dinner meal plan too- maybe you’ll get some ideas there?

  4. Great idea! I’m doing something similar this year specifically related to healthy habits. Each month I am focusing on one habit for a healthy life–January’s is drinking 8 glass of water each day. I am hoping that by having such a narrow focus, I’ll be more likely to follow through!

    • That sounds like a great plan. Good luck!

      I do agree that it can be easier to focus on just one or two new habits at a time instead of changing EVERYTHING right now.

  5. I used to wake up really early, but my toddler is a HORRIBLE sleeper and I have kind of fallen off the wagon. So that is currently my biggest goal.. to get back to that early wake up. I really need that extra time each day!

    • Oh that’s sooo hard when the toddler isn’t sleeping. My wake-up time changes by quite a bite depending on how well my 2-year old sleeps! I hope you are able to get back at it soon! The extra time is so nice. Essential some days. :)

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