By Michael | January 22, 2012
Its a few weeks into the new year, and things are falling back into the regular swing. School’s started again, people are back to work: back to the same old habits.
You probably have a lot of goals you want to accomplish for 2012. Joining clubs, grades, get a job, exercise, you name it.
When you want to start something new, you need to do it a lot. You have to want to do it a lot too. Whether its eating breakfast regularly, or going to the gym more often with your friends, there is a lot of motivation and discipline to actually do it.
Sit down and think: what have I been trying to start for the past 6 months? School has started, so you’ve been doing homework and studying. You might have a job, or even 2. There’s that club you’re involved with. Seems to me you have a lot to think about.
Do you really have time to try waking up earlier, eating breakfast, working out, start reading that book you got over winter break, and join the underwater basket weaving club?
That’s a lot to start up in just a few weeks.
But you can do it.
You need to form habits, not just set goals.
Instead of sitting there, intimidated by everything you want to do, break things down:
- Write every habit down on a piece of paper.
- What is most important right now? Pick one thing. This one habit is your project for the next 30 days.
Every day, focus on this one habit. For example, you brush your teeth twice a day (at least you should). You don’t think about doing it, you just know to do it in the morning, and before bed. You did it for so long as a child that it is now a habit. Your goals should be dealt with similarly. If your goal is to bench press 200 pounds, you’ll need to go to the gym. Often.
This month for me is studying. I review notes, do homework, and prepare for future classes every day. I’m not worrying about other habits I want to form, or completing anything extra. Just focusing on my current habit.
I keep a small notebook in my desk. Whenever I feel I need to change something, or start something new, I write it down. Its a habit for a new month.
You might feel like you can tackle multiple habits at once. Even though everyone feels like that, you shouldn’t rush it. If you focus on one at a time, you wont have to focus on it later. You can fully be aware of that one habit.