I haven’t posted in a while. My husband has been bedridden with a fractured patella and I have not-so-quietly been going insane. Today bedridden husband I are both sick. So my parenting consists of letting my kid binge watch his Christmas present (Rachel and the Treeschoolers). And telling him that I will turn it off if he doesn’t throw the trash IN THE TRASH.
While my kid is learning science concepts from Rachel, I finished up my goals list for 2016. I added a couple new habits to work on, reset my goals for the habits I am continuing in 2016, and set a couple reasonably achievable goals that are one-time events, not habits.
Here they are!
- Gratitude – Name something I love or appreciate about myself. Goal: 350 times by the end of 2016.
- Living Space – Do some intentional cleaning. Goal: 50 times by the end of 2016.
Continuing habits from 2015:
- Movement – Strength workout: 160 times in 2016. Take an intentional walk: 200 times in 2016.
- Fueling – East a green vegetable: 355 days in 2016. Take Vitamin D: 355 times in 2015.
- Sleep – Finish my food for the day by 8pm: 225 times in 2016. No TV shows started after 9pm: 250 times in 2016. In bed by 10pm: 250 times in 2016.
- Gratitude – Name something for which I feel grateful: 350 days in 2016.
- Marriage – Date with my husband: 10 times in 2016. Say or do something nice for my husband: 250 times in 2016.
- Savings: Deposit at least $10 into my family’s emergency fund: 50 times in 2016. Make a pot of rice and beans: 45 times in 2016.
- Living space: Get rid of 500 items from our home in 2016.
And a couple one-time, non-habit based goals:
- Enter my first weightlifting competition
- Take a child CPR class
Depending on how these go, I may add more habits throughout the year. As I recommended in Part I of my series on setting sustainable habit goals, it’s really important to choose one habit to focus on at one time. When implementing a new habit goal, your chance of success is around 80 percent if you choose one goal at a time. Those odds drop down to 30 percent if you work on two habits at a time, and even lower for more habits. (So why am I choosing 2 new habits? Because they are not exactly new; I just want to solidify them a bit before I move on to something else). However…..I do get antsy sometimes. I can think of lots of habits I want to add to my life! So, I keep a list going of habits I am interested in working on in the future. Then, when I decide I am ready for a new habit, I’ll choose from this list. Writing it down on a list helps me “get it out of my system,” for the time being – it allows me to empathize with myself and “hear” my desire to work on other habits. And I remind myself that patience is my friend, and I will get there at a later time, and I am maximizing my chances at success at each individual habit by adding them slowly.
So, here is my current list of habits in the queue. I will likely add some of these in 2016, but not yet. These are in no particular order….
- Chopping vegetables
- Bringing bags to the grocery store
- pelvic floor rehab, alignment, and breathing exercises
- doing something myself instead of asking my husband to do it.
- ring rows or Pendlay rows, 5×5
- push ups or bench presses, 5×5
- unloading the dishwasher in the morning
- putting the phone away while I get ready for work
- screen time breaks
- initiating play with my kiddo
- putting phone away during family meals
What will you be working on in 2016? Drop a comment!
2 thoughts on “My 2016 Habit Goals Unveiled”
Love to see all of your goals and potential goals laid out like this! Haven’t started thinking about this yet, but this really gets me in the mood to =) Thanks for sharing!
Just discovered your blog….I was hoping to take this kind of approach this year so your story is a great encouragement. Last year I started taking salads to work in mason jars daily and was still doing it consistently in December:) I’ve also added some new budgeting habits and some daily relaxation and gratitude habits. In 2016 my next new habit is a vegetarian dinner once a week.