How Are Your New Year's Resolutions Going?
Okay, so we are well onto the second half of 2017. At the beginning of the year I wrote a blog post on New Year’s Resolutions. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? Honestly, I had completely forgotten about some of them. As I am sure most of us would have, given that only 8% of the population is successful. However, I figured that with a new habit forming trick, a few months left and a quick look at my progress so far, there might be some hope left for me and you this year.
New Year’s Resolutions Recap
My new year’s resolutions for 2017 were the following. Let’s see how bad I did in the last couple of months.
- Save more money to buy a new laptop and house – As you may have seen I got one of these babies in, my new Macbook. Saving a lot of money to buy a house probably not so much. I definitely splurged on food and a lot of dancing and girlfriend trips this year. While I don’t regret any of it, the next few months I should probably start saving up more. After our holiday, of course!
- Eat candy in moderation rather than binging on them – Ouch! I was doing ok for a while, until I introduced a chocolate drawer and re-found “gallete waffles” and caramel see salt cookies.
- Become a light packer – Ok, this is one that is going well! I am bringing less and less along. I am particularly doing well on work trips. When the boyfriend says “is that all you are bringing?” you know you nailed it! Let’s hope I can make this work on our next backpack adventure too.
- Learn French – Not doing too well honestly. Where I practiced with the DuoLingo and Memrise app daily in the beginning of the year, I sort of got demotivated seeing no actually progress. The last few weeks I picked it up again doing it a couple times a week, but it is going slow. I am on a waiting list to start French classes at the Luchtvaart College. Hopefully a spot will open up and I can actually have a small conversation by the end of the year. In the meantime, I am trying to keep up with the apps. Fingers crossed!
I must say, I am not disappointed. Could have been a lot worse. The glass being half full of course. The savings, cravings and French definitely need more work.
If you need some work too, try going over the tips and tricks on the blog again. However, what could be another approach to form these new habits? Mini habits!
Reading this: “be the person with embarrassing goals and impressive results instead of one of the many people with impressive goals and embarrassing results” I was sure that I didn’t want to be the latter. But how do we achieve that? According to Stephen Guise, we should all be aiming for mini habits. Mini habits are small positive actions that you force yourself to do daily, to form a habit consistently in the long run.
Mini habits should basically be too small to fail. He illustrates this with an analogy that just absolutely love, Newton’s first law:
- An object at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it.
- An object that is in motion will not change its velocity unless an external force acts upon it.
With mini habits your defense mechanism will be down compared to these overreaching actions that you want to start with. It is all about getting started, creating the momentum to keep going. For all procrastinators out there, yes that includes me, it is all about getting started rather than waiting to be in the right mood.
So, what are examples of mini habits? Well, doing for instance one minute of mediation a day. Doing one sit-up or one push up a day. In my case, maybe saving one euro a day, learning one French word a day, or doing one Duo Lingo French Exercise a day. A mini habit is as small as you need it to be to keep the momentum going. If you notice that you are still procrastinating, then you need to make it even smaller basically.
How are your new year’s resolutions coming along? Or other goals that you set? Consider this your wakeup call! Did you review the tips from the first article again? And are you going to try out this mini habit theory? Well, I sure am! Drop your thoughts in the comment below.