I have happened to read a post about “New year resolution” in “Zenhabits” blog. Few lines from that post:
“we’re finishing 2013 — what new habits will you have then?You can take the usual approach and make a bunch of New Year’s resolutions, and fail at pretty much all of them. Or you can focus on one habit a month, and use proven techniques to make them stick.
The repercussions of that post were thought-provoking and it gave me a new dimension to stick to new year resolution. Instead of following all the resolutions at once , I have decided to introduce one at a time for each month and focus on one habit a month. Also, I can come up with facile strategy to stick with my resolutions. At the end of 2014 , I would have acquired 12 new life changing habits. Here is my plan:
- January -> Work out for 20 to 30 mins (at least thrice in a week)
- February -> Wake up early in the morning at least by 7 or 7.30 ( I know, 7.30 is not early but I am a night owl and I stay up late @ night till 12.30 0r 1.00. My Biorhythm got to be adjusted then only I can be an Early bird 🙂 )
- March -> Eat a fruit Daily. Or Take half fistful of nuts /dry fruits.
- April -> De-clutter and organize. My house always get cluttered frequently, I got to come up with a plan to de-clutter and be a well-organized person.
- May -> Meditate at least for 10 to 15 mins.
- June -> spend time to sing. I am very passionate about music but I haven’t spent productive time for singing.
- July -> Play Badminton at least twice in a week.
- August -> Read books. I was a voracious reader once, now I seldom read. Got to bring back my reading habit.
- September -> cook new cuisine/ new food at least fortnightly.
- October -> Learn to eat with chopstick. I get fascinated when I see someone eats with a chopstick. Hope, I could eat at least vegetables using chopsticks (in a month).
- November -> Let go of expectations.
- December -> Be optimistic
In the past, I have always failed to stick with three resolutions 1) wake up early 2) De-cluttering 3) Daily work out . Focusing on one habit per month might make me to get the hang of it. Hopefully by year-end, I will get habituated to 12 new habits.