Here’s the unofficial GATLUW mantra when it comes to resolution-setting: dream big, but start small.
Like, ridiculously small.
Let me give you an example, before I share my 22 bite-sized goal ideas for 2022. You want to start working out in the mornings, so your goal reads, “Three days a week, I will wake up 30 minutes earlier to get movement in before getting ready for the work day.”
While that’s a fantastic goal to aim for, it also contains several building block goals that might lose momentum pretty easily.
Here’s the really, really bite-sized version of that goal: “Three days a week, I will put my workout clothes on before getting ready for the work day.”
Just putting your workout clothes on is the initial action that spurs the goal you’re actually shooting for. How likely is it that you’ll take the time to put all your workout gear on, lace up your shoes, and then take it all off without getting your movement in?
Once you’ve gone through the hassle of getting ready to work out, chances are you’ll follow through on actually working out. By starting with an extra achievable habit, you’ve actually set yourself up for greater success than if you had set an unattainable goal in the first place.
Keeping this practice in mind, try out one (or more!) of these ideas below! These are all goals you can tackle on a daily basis, build upon as you go, and turn into habits that will serve you all year long. Win, win, win!
- Commit to always taking the stairs, wherever you go. Hello, built in cardio!
- Start each morning with an easy win by making your bed!
- Make a habit out of addressing people by their name, whether they’re a long-time friend or a waitress serving you a great meal.
- Practice daily discipline by always leave the last bite of food on your plate. It seems insignificant, but you’d be surprised at how effective this is!
- Always park far away and get extra steps in when you run errands.
- Quit the mindless scroll by only picking up your phone when you have a specific purpose to.
- Go out of your way to compliment someone every day, and notice how it fills your life with unexpected positivity!
- Make a practice out of arriving 5 minutes early all the time. Fill your extra time with silence, meditation, or a few pages of a book.
- Speaking of books, read one page a day from your favorite daily reader and get your head in the game for the day!
- Let go of sleeping next to your phone and plug it in another room for the night.
- Practice listening with real intention in your daily conversations.
- Whenever you receive an email you don’t want, unsubscribe right then and there to save yourself time and clutter.
- Become a decision-maker in the small things. When someone asks what you want for dinner or what time you’d like to meet up, decide.
- When you go to bed, say three things you’re grateful for aloud.
- Every day when you wake up, take one purposeful deep breath.
- Aim for inbox zero at the end of the day (or the week, if that’s more realistic!). If you aren’t sure if that’s possible for you, allow me to help!
- Carry water with you everywhere.
- Challenge yourself to romanticize your day—even in the mundane.
- Keep a “pixel-a-day” tracker of your mood each day. See an example here!
- If a task takes less than 2 minutes, do it immediately when it comes up.
- Whenever you leave a room, take any items with you that need to be put away in the room you’re headed to.
- Get ready for the day—every day—in a way that makes you feel good.