Being consistent and sticking to my habits was the biggest challenge of 2017 for me and I’m sure that it is the same for many.
I did a 10-day guided Headspace meditation on Prioritization last year and the recurring prompt was if this was the last day of my life what would I do? That meditation practice made me realize that one day is not enough to create any significant or impactful change. It takes doing small actions done consistently to get the desired result.
During 2017 I’ve subscribed myself to learning how to build habits but failed at applying them. This is why I felt disappointed ending 2017; looking back many of the things I started I wasn’t able to finish. Goals like publishing on my blog on a consistent schedule, getting off instant coffee, being consistent with my kettlebells and reaching 300 swings a day. Nevertheless, I am cutting myself some slack. November and December of 2017 was an assault on my body, I had a surgery and minor accident that hindered me physically. This January, I’m not yet fully recovered but I’m much better than the past two months.
As a supplement here are some of the things I started doing since January 1:
- I wrote down my goals and read them when I wake up and before I go to bed.
- I also started with a few simple goals/behavior modifications, such as reaching for the tea bag instead of the 3-in-1 coffee, taking away screen time by 9PM, and doing meditation first thing in the morning, I uninstalled Instagram and Facebook apps from my mobile gadgets.
- I keep track of my habits. A visual record of progress/consistency works for me.