I've been told it takes four to six weeks for any action to
become a habit. So, keeping that in mind, one way I'm
going to insure my success at keeping my New Year's
resolutions this year is by working on only one new habit
at a time each month. Then, every time I turn to a new
calendar page, I'll work on developing a different good habit.
At the end of the year, I could easily have twelve new positive
habits in my life. Once something's become a habit, it's
simply a part of my life and not something I'll even have to
think about anymore.
What's the area of life you're most concerned about? Exercise?
Weight loss? Healthy eating? Getting organized? Saving money?
Spending more time with your kids? Break your goal down into
simple steps that you can easily manage, and then start working
your way to your goal, one small step -- or small habit -- at a time.
As the old cliche' says: "How do you eat an elephant? ... One bite
at a time."
By making small and consistent changes, it's possible to change
your health, your body, and your life. For more information on the
power of habits, see Catherine Levison's article later in this issue
of The Charlotte Mason Monthly.
Happy New Year!
What a great idea! Instead of goals or resolutions, which I often find hard to meet (primarily because I forget what they were), I will write down some habits to form for each month.
I began my list last night:
* Daily exercise
* Homeschooling tweeked and routines scheduled
* Fruits & Veggies daily
* Nature time, including beach days scheduled
* Storytelling and Reading Aloud
* Guitar learning
* Work hours schedule (I work online, from home)
* Journaling & God time
I don't have 12 things for 12 months yet, but I may not do so quite yet. I'm still thinking over my list, trying to remember my priorities in order of God - Husband - Children - Home - me - Work/Others, and deciding which things are most important.
Remind me to keep you posted on how it goes. Meanwhile, I'd love to read your list!
~ Lori Seaborg