This year, I wanted to get better at taking photos.
So, I made a resolution to take at least one photo each day with my DSLR camera.
I created a worksheet for myself as a way to visually track my do-it-everyday-photo-taking hobby.
Each day that I take a photo, I fill in a bubble.
I recently gave this worksheet to a client, as a way for her to track each day she went on a walk.
- Do some type of exercise/movement each day
- Eat breakfast at home each day
- Eat to feel your best each day
- Be in bed by 9:30 PM each day
Starting in May, I began using the Everyday Bubbles worksheet to bubble in each day that I hit a specific macronutrient goal. I've been tracking my macros since December, and love it!
Stay up-to-date: I am excited to be working on a project to combine the concept behind this worksheet, plus nutrition and wellness to create a year-long habit-forming product. Hint: Do you love your planner? :) Make sure you're signed up for the newsletter to stay up to date!
It's easy to become quickly overwhelmed by our ever-changing goals, habits and aspirations.
I find the best results come from focusing on one specific, measurable habit at a time.
The timeline length you choose to focus on this everyday habit can be 1 week or 1 year -- but I suggest focusing on performing that one habit every day for at least 3 months.
"excellence is not an act, but a habit"
No easy fixes
I don't do quick fixes.
If you ever hear me promoting a weight-loss shake, 2-week fast, juice cleanse or miracle powder, I must have been knocked on the head and I am in need of medical attention.
But, I am a fan of habits. Mundane. Do-it-everyday. Habits.
We are what we do everyday.
1) We know what to do. Or, in a few short weeks -- after learning there's 50 grams of sugar in that cold-pressed juice at Starbucks and that canola oil is, in fact, not heart healthy -- we know what to do.
2) Doing the thing everyday is hard. The meal prep. The healthy snacks. The packing lunch. The making of dinner after a long day. The not wandering into the kitchen after 9PM and eating a bucket of brownies because we deserve it. This is all hard.
3) We must know our self. I'm a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin -- she talks about habits, happiness and how knowing how we respond to expectations can allow us to create habits that stick, which can lead to a greater sense of happiness.
Take the Four Tendencies Quiz!
Are you an Obliger -- do you need outer accountability to reach your goals? You may need a nutritionist or someone to check in with daily to ensure you are staying on track.
Or, are you an Upholder -- do you have strong inner accountability? When you set goals for yourself, you meet them and don't need outer accountability.
I'm an upholder. Which I enjoy 95% of the time. But, I try to intentionally shake things up because it's easy for me to get caught in a rut of my own habits.
Are you a Moderator? Do you need a little treat everyday -- a glass of wine, a nibble of chocolate -- to keep from feeling deprived?
Or, are you a Abstainer? Do you find it easier to give something up entirely, than indulge moderately? Are you better off never keeping ice cream in the house, otherwise you'll eat the whole thing?
I'm an abstainer. Please. No peanut butter chocolate cups in the house. I will crave them and want them. All. The. Time.
Knowing how you respond best to expectations and goals will allow you to create habits that stick.
I get so excited talking about goals, habits and how to make it all happen.