February is almost over, so I'm going to continue my post from last month about goal setting, new year's resolutions, and creating habits that will stick. The method I am using right now involves only setting a goal or two per month to work on, this way you do not get overwhelmed. They also have to be concrete, easily track-able goals.
I have continued my goals from last month, and improved my resolve to stick to them. What I mean by this is that last month I missed 4 or 5 days for both of the habits. This month however, I only missed two days for waking up early (23/25 successful) and only one day for my writing everyday (24/25). I've also built upon my writing goal. Last month, I wrote for 20 minutes a day, and now I'm writing for 30 minutes per day.
For the month of February, I worked on not eating after 7:00 PM and meditating for 5 minutes every night. I missed 5 days for meditating (20/25 successful) and 8 days for no eating after 7 (17/25 successful).
One of the good things about implementing goals a few at a time is you can see which ones fit your lifestyle and which ones do not. Not eating after 7 sounded like a good habit to me, but after this month, I'm planning on dropping it. I did not notice any improvements in my sleep or digestive health, and I found it unpleasant to stick to. However, my meditating habit was difficult, but helpful, so I will be continuing that habit into next month.
You can see that by layering new goals on top of old goals is a highly effective strategy. This is because the old goals become habit and this frees up mental space to think about and focus upon your new goals. My new goals for the month of March are to practice guitar every day and to do strength training (push-ups, squats, and planks) every other day. I will include rest days as being successful for tracking purposes.
If you have any questions or just want to post what you're goals/habits are, please leave a comment.