I don’t make New Years Resolutions every year, but I instead like to break my goals into smaller time frames. Monthly, weekly, daily…it depends on the goal I want to set or the habit I want to create.
For some goals it’s easier to focus on creating a habit. I wanted to become a morning person and get up before my daughters every morning. By forcing myself to do it for a few weeks straight, I ended up creating a habit of getting up before my girls each day. Once it was a habit, I didn’t even have to think about it every morning. It became my new normal. I’m on a break from it as I have a newborn, but I plan on getting back in the habit in 2017!
When you want a change in a specific area of your life, sometimes annual goal setting is not the answer. Focusing on a mini goal or creating a habit can be a better way to succeed depending on the change you want to make.
Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer.
Do you have a new habit that you want to create in 2017? One little task or activity that you want to focus on this year?
Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
- Move or exercise
- Take a walk
- Take 10,000 steps
- Drink X ounces of water
- Enjoy dinner as a family
- Technology breaks
- Read devotion
- Complete cleaning routine
- Complete morning routine
- Make bed
- Read with children
- Get 7 hours of sleep
- Write down 3 things you are grateful for
- Complement someone
- Read for enjoyment
When I decide what habit I want to create, I find that writing it down and tracking my progress makes all the difference. Once you decide what habit you want to create, find a place to track the habit.
I want to share this free printable habit tracker with you. It’s available in teal or pink. Download and print. Check off each day you complete your task. Place in a prominent place so you can see your daily progress.
Free Printable Habit Tracker: Teal
Free Printable Habit Tracker: Pink
What daily habit do you want in 2017?
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