It’s so cliché, but I love making them! I usually never remember what my resolutions were by the end of the year, or even a few months into the year, but I think they’re fun to make and it helps me start the year off with a brand spankin’ new, clean slate. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently reading The Power of Habit (I really like it so far), and one thing the book talks about are certain habits called “keystone habits”.
Keystone habits are routines that spill over to other habits. They used “making your bed in the morning” as one example. According to The Power of Habit, making your bed is correlated to higher productivity and stronger skills at sticking to a budget. A keystone habit is essentially a catalyst for other good habits, and sets off a chain reaction to putting other good habits in place. I’m obsessed with a well-made bed, and it’s one of the first things I do in the morning (I also don’t like crawling into an unmade bed, so I will make it again before napping or bedtime if it’s in disarray), so it made me happy to read that it’s a keystone habit.
Anyway, what does all this mumbo jumbo have to do with making new year resolutions? Well, I think making new resolutions can be similar to keystone habits in the sense that it shifts your mindset (at least, it does for me), and leads to other things falling into place, whether intentionally or unintentionally. These are mine for the new year, what are some of yours?
- Improve my excel skills – specifically, work on my pivot tables. I know this sounds like such a lame resolution, but I loooove excel and wish I was a whiz at it. My coworker is a complete Excel genius, and I’m totally amazed by the possibilities.
- Read at least 4 books from the books in the Book List Challenge I previously blogged about. Four isn’t an arbitrary number – it’s one book per quarter, which sounds realistic to a soon-to-be-mom of two.
- Journal at least once a week. Since becoming a mom, my journaling has gone way way wayyyyy down. I’m still using the journal I started in 2008. :( I really should spend more time in this department because I think it’s another habit that acts as a catalyst to other things, specifically in my spiritual walk.
- Stick with the Insanity workout for at least one-month. I’m not looking forward to my postpartum body, but hopefully I’ll be able to find some time for exercise in-between two kids sometime this year! An at-home workout DVD seems like a realistic way to fit in some exercise in-between work and kids, and I want to do something different and intense.
- Work on meal-planning over the weekends. I want to get streamlined in this department so there aren’t days where we’re wondering what we should eat that day. I want to cut back on trips to the supermarket too. I think having set meal plans and sticking to one shopping trip per week could really improve our budget. Maybe this is another keystone habit!