Forget Resolutions, Form Some Habits
New Year’s resolutions are notorious for their unhelpfulness. We don’t usually keep them, so I don’t really bother making them.
Habits on the other hand are remarkably reliable. I brush my teeth every night before bed. And put my seat belt on each and every time I get into a car. These aren’t things I think about or will myself into. I just do them. Mainly because they’re habits my parents instilled in me at a young age. Now, they’re effortless non-negotiables. Now doesn’t that sound nice?
What do you want to be an effortless non-negotiable in your life? Make it a habit.
Want to drink more water? Make it a habit to fill your water bottle each night before bed. This sort of mini habit will set you up for success.
Our current family habits include:
- Morning snuggle time
- Reading a chapter from a chapter book each night at dinner
- A solid bedtime routine: brush teeth, use bathroom, pjs, prayers, and song
- Washing our hands as soon as we get home from an outing
- A fairly predictable morning routine
Habits we want to incorporate into our family this year include:
- Drinking more water (mini-habit: fill our water bottles each night)
- Actually taking our vitamins each evening (mini-habit: put our vitamins in a more visible spot)
- More vegetables with meals (mini-habit: plan two vegetables for each dinner)
- Some sort of chore system (mini-habit: pick one non-negotiable chore that happens daily)
What family habits do you want to develop this year?