It started with a Burpee.
I have said NO to New Year’s Resolutions and instead break down goals to create Short Challenges or Mini Goals.
I either find a Challenge online or create a Challenge for myself. There is more of a focus on creating Mini Habits by completing a Challenge or mini goal. They have worked for me! Challenge yourself for one month and you may end up with a new habit.
The first Challenge I set for myself was a Burpee Challenge (an exercise…in case you were wondering). No, the burpees themselves were not life-changing. But my eyes were opened by this simple challenge. I was shocked that the simple task of setting the specific small goal and holding myself accountable by tracking my progress really worked.
In the past I had been a regular (if not obsessed) exerciser. Finding the motivation to exercise had never been hard for me. Pre-kiddos I worked out 6-7 days per week. After having my daughter, I still worked out regularly (even trained for and ran a marathon).
Enter 2 kids…it’s a tad harder.
This fall I worked out less often than I have since my pre-high school years. I was getting very frustrated, wondering if I had really become that tired and lazy. Running and exercising had been a huge part of my life. I was wondering if the new (2 kiddo) me wasn’t going to love working out?
I started with one simple change. I set up a 4 week schedule, noting how many burpees I wanted to complete each day. I then recorded the burpees each day. So simple.
I then set up another 4 week schedule. I hit my burpee number every week for 8 weeks. (I allowed Sunday as my catch-up day.) No, it wasn’t my ideal for exercise, but it was a start and I was moving again. I learned that it’s OK to be happy with a smaller step as a way to work towards larger goals. I had been struggling with the motivation to get back into a consistent workout schedule, but instead of getting frustrated I was able to appreciate that the smaller exercise goal at this time in life was OK.
There are just 2 simple steps for setting up a Challenge or Mini-Goal. Here is how short challenges and mini goals work for me:
Create or Find a Challenge Creating my burpee schedule and morning wakeup schedule was very simplistic. Brainstorm (Mini Goal Brainstorm Schedule printable) what mini goals you want to set, then make a Challenge Schedule. Here is a simple example of my Bedtime and Wake-Up goal schedule:
If your goal isn’t as simplistic and you aren’t sure where to start, there are great Challenges that you can find online.
Here are a few examples:
– If you are overwhelmed with where to start on decluttering and simplifying your home, here are a few challenges: 150 Things You Can Toss Out Right Now or Get Organized With the 30-Day Declutter Challenge.
– Join Uncluttered – a 12-week course by Joshua Becker.
– If you don’t know where to start with fitness after baby (or want to get rid of a mummy tummy), strengthen your core and rediscover body confidence with MUTU.
– Do you want to join a writing challenge? My 500 Words by Jeff Goins is a 31-day challenge you should consider.
– I wanted to add a short workout around the holidays, so I signed up for #12daysofpilates through The Balanced Life. It was e-mailed to me every morning. There was no planning on my part, I just got the e-mail and completed the quick Pilates workout. Bonus: it happened to be FREE.
Record Your Progress Write it down! This has been key for me. During my quest to wake up early, I made a schedule where I could record Bedtime and Wake Up times. I felt more accountable, as I knew I had to record both my bedtime and wake-up time. I’m on my 4th week and am going strong with my 6 AM wake-up!! It’s working, and I have now created an early morning waking habit.
If you created a timeline for a larger goal (using the Mini Goal Brainstorm Schedule), set up a Challenge or Mini Habit schedule as a smaller step in your big picture goal. Check out my Habit Tracker here.
Will you be signing up for a Challenge this month? Or will you making your own personal Challenge?
Carrie Ann Tripp (@CarrieAnnTripp) says
Awesome job with the goal setting. I do best with a plan and working that plan. However, if I set big goals, then I don’t follow through to the end. This is a great suggestion to start the new year with. Hopped in from the Bloglovin’ Blog Hop!
I’m happy you found it helpful. Thanks for reading!
Andrea Mitchael (Mitchael Journey) says
I love the idea of mini-goals, of course :) With our recent move, there is a lot of organizing and decluttering to do. I have now pulled up the 21 day Clutter-Free challenge — so glad that you posted it early, because it starts on January 6th! I hope to join in — thanks for sharing!
Moving makes for a perfect opportunity to organize and declutter! Definitely more work, but you’ll be so happy you took the time in the end! Thanks for reading!
Justine Y says
Kids, they just ruin everything , don’t they? ;) Just kidding, but they do make it a lot harder to keep with your normal routine! I love the idea of keeping track of your wake up and sleep times, this is something I’ve struggled with ever since baby #3 and I think that may help!
haha! I guess you just have to adjust to the fact that there isn’t a normal routine. :) So many aspects are ever changing!
I was surprised at how much more aware I was of my sleep once I started tracking it. I highly recommend. Thanks for reading!
Feel free to use the printable Bedtime and Wakeup Schedule included in the post!
While learning coaching techniques, breaking down steps was a huge one for most of my clients.
It’s just like a dancer learning new choreography. The dance is a series of steps, but without knowing each one and how they connect to each other, you can’t know how to do the whole choreography.
That is a great comparison! Thank you for sharing.
Sarah Day says
I like this approach – I do think I tend to set my goals to high and then it feels like an uphill battle.
I hope it’s helpful to you! Thanks for stopping by. :)