Did you make any resolutions for 2011? We’re about 1/2 way into January now. How are you doing so far?
I think the biggest problem with resolutions is that we feel 1/1 of any year is the only time we can make resolutions. Why does it have to be 1/1? Don’t you think it would be easier to make a resolution for each month of the year?
Steve Pavlina, who I first started reading for ideas on staying productive, has written many posts on his website about 30 day trials. When I first saw this a few years ago, it completely made sense to me. It was a way to try something for 30 days and if you like it, keep doing it. If not, go on with your life…no biggie. He did some big ones, such as eating only raw foods (he stuck with that one), polyphasic sleep and others that you can read about on his website.
I find that I can stick with 30 day trials much easier than I can an entire year. A year is so very daunting, isn’t it? I’m supposed to go to the gym 3 times a week all year sounds so much more daunting than going 3 times a week during the month of January. If you find that you didn’t meet your goal of working out 3 times a week by 1/31, you can either revisit the trial, or change it all together. Think of the things you can accomplish in one year doing 30 day trials. You could have 12 newly formed habits, or you can find that you really should have resolved to play with your dogs in the park 3 times a week instead of going to the gym. 🙂