New Year, New Habits, New You
With every New Year, comes renewed optimism. As we bounce back from recharging the batteries during the Christmas break, there is no better time to set new good habits in motion for the coming year.
In order to make room for new habits in 2021, be sure to wring out any bad practices. And, yes, procrastination is on the list, so reading this now instead of later is a great first step in the right direction! By focusing on habits, you will adopt simple, sustainable behaviours that will put you on the path to achieving bigger and better goals in 2021 and beyond. Try these simple tips:
1. Put off procrastination…now.
The hardest part of doing anything, particularly something new is actually getting started, so it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed. The thing that often holds you back is the mental dialogue that goes on in your mind. My advice – START doing and STOP thinking. The answer to procrastination is often not to think about things, just start some action.
2. Have a goal in mind.
Having a specific goal to work towards can help maintain your new habit and give you a challenge to work towards. Make sure your habit-related goal is SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based. For example, ‘start saving more’ is a goal, but it’s hard to know when you’ve achieved it and what ‘more’ looks like. Instead, setting a goal such as “Save $30,000 by 31 December 2021 for a house deposit” is a SMART goal and therefore easier to work towards. It’s specific, measurable, hopefully appealing and realistic, and it’s time-based.
3. Find your motivation.
To give yourself the best chance of creating a sustainable habit, ask yourself what motives you first before you even start working on this new activity. Let’s use the above example on saving money for a house deposit. Your motivation for doing this might be to give your growing family a bigger and better space to live in.
4. Start small.
Doing a little at a time is usually easier than tackling a whole project at once. Starting small and increasing the frequency of the habit will make it far easier to sustain in the long run. For example, you want to get into a new exercise habit i.e. running regularly, throwing yourself into a rigorous running regime before you’re ready could result in injury and set you back more than it helps you.
5. Stick with it.
Sticking with a new habit is not easy. However, if you’ve made the commitment, stick with it. In time – the results will come! Setting smaller goals will keep you on track and make sure you measure your progress for extra motivation.
Whatever new habits you’d like to create, whether they are financial, health or relationship, there’s no better time to start than the New Year… New Year, new habits, new YOU!
Start 2021 with a plan for success; make your appointment to speak with a Modoras professional for the New Year today by calling 1300 888 803.