At the time of this post’s publication, it’s a fresh new year and the time for some new goals! Even if you’re reading this at another time of year, you might be finding yourself wanting to make some changes in your life or working towards some big goals.
But making changes can be hard work, it can push you out of your comfort zone, and trying to do too much at once can result in you reverting back to your old practices.
So how can you ensure that you keep moving forward? Here are some small changes that can help you stay on track.
Track one habit.
A great easy way to get started on making small changes is to simply track one habit that you want to adjust. You can do this before you get started with your change to get a clear picture of what your current habits are, and you can track as you make changes to watch your progress.
If you want to track your time for the sake of your goal, you can find a time audit chart on my resources page!
Choose just one thing.
Your current list of goals might be long. There might be a lot of stuff you’d like to do, a lot of changes you’d like to make. But to ensure you don’t get caught up in too many things at once, choose just one thing. Choose one thing to add to your day so you don’t become overwhelmed with a new schedule. Once you’ve practiced that one thing so much it’s become habit, add just one more thing.
Join a community.
You might be looking for accountability or support on your journey forward. Joining a community can provide you with that support because it’s filled with people who are on a similar path to yours, who have already been on your stretch of the path, and who can provide you with insight or understanding.
Here at See Heather Smile, we have the Self-Care Community! This is a group membership with monthly self-care themes – a subscriber exclusive!
Incorporate rest or non-productive fun into your day.
To prevent overwhelm and burnout, be sure to rest and have fun. Just like we need rest days in our exercise routine, we need rest days in our day-to-day life. Allow yourself time to recuperate so you’re in a better place to continue challenging yourself with your goals. Find ways to have fun that refuel your energy supply so you can do the work that needs to be done.
Regularly check in with yourself.
Self-reflection is a great tool for figuring out where you are on your journey and how you feel about it. Checking in with yourself can look like journaling, meditation, taking a walk, or literally just talking to yourself in the mirror and asking how it’s going. Use this check-in to find out if things are going well, or if you need to adjust your goals or your strategy for reaching them. And don’t forget to be gentle with yourself during this check-in.
Here’s an example check-in you could use!
Good luck on your journey towards success! Be kind to yourself, listen to your needs, and keep trying!