I’ve never been much for setting goals for the New Year. I don’t like the connotation that usually comes with setting New Year Resolutions. Everyone expects them to fail. I don’t like that one bit. So I definitely won’t call them resolutions.
Instead, I like to set my focus for the start of the new year. Like this year I’m going to focus on getting healthy, or I’m going to focus on saving money, etc. Once I set my focus, I set smaller goals for each month to help me with my focus. That way I’m recommitting myself to my focus every month of the year.
Most habits take at least 28 days to become real habits in your life. So tackling each habit one month at a time allows you to make the habit stick before you move on to the next.
These are the healthy living habits I am planning on creating in my life each month of the year. So, this month, January, I will make sure to track all of the food I am eating.
- Track Food Intake
- Plan Dinner Nightly
- Drink 62 oz of Water Daily
- No Eating Out
- Stop Eating After 6
- Eat at Least 3 Servings of Veggies
- Stay Under Calorie Goal
- No Sweets
- No Processed Food
- Exercise Daily at Least 30 minutes
- Get 8 Hours of Sleep Every Night
- Maintain Healthy Habits!
There are a few apps that can help you track your habits and let you know the progress you are making. I take that back, there are a TON of apps that can help you with this, but only a few that I really like.
As I previously mentioned Tick Tick is the best to-do list app, in my opinion. It includes a habit tracker, which I love since I can use the same app for my habits and my tasks. Each habit has a cute image that helps you see exactly what the habit is. It gives you your “longest streak” stats and your current streak stats.
Before Tick Tick added habit tracking, I used Habit Tracker (the icon looks like a bull’s head, because it used to be called Habit Bull). I really did love this app, but it’s just so much easier for me to have tasks and habits in one place.
The notifications and prompts can be super funny, and they are motivating enough to help you keep going. You can also see your success percentages and streaks. You can assign different habits to different colors. When I add “eat 3 servings of veggies” to my habit tracker, I make it green. When I add “drink 62 oz of water” I set it to blue. It just helps me quickly see what I still need to check off for the day.
If you really want to turn healthy habits into a game, Habitica might just be the solution you are looking for. As you accomplish your tasks you will be able to get points to help you “level up” your character. It can be a lot of fun, and might just be as addictive as a real video game.
As you start creating new habits in your life, you may just start living the life you’ve always wanted to live.
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com