Karolina’s new habits for the new year

A new year is an opportunity to look ahead and look back. In 2020, I am stopping a couple of habits and adding a few.  Whenever you set a new goal, you need to set it but you also need to figure out ‘how’ you are going to make it a habit.  In the spirit of solidarity, I am sharing my goals and my how.

Habits to end this year: 

Habit 1: Stop drinking coffee (a little bit of caffeine goes a long way for me). Allow myself 2 cups of tea daily.

How: This I will do immediately, no transition. I can’t go halfway with coffee. For me it has always been all or nothing.

Habit 2: Don’t look at the phone or any screen 1 hour before bed.

How: I will buy an alarm clock for the bedroom. I will charge my phone in the kitchen overnight and will plug it in an hour before sleep.

New habits to start and work on this year:

Habit 1: Set a realistic daily schedule for myself. I wrote a schedule this past year but did not stick with it too well. However, just putting it together taught me how to set more realistic expectations for myself. I also now have a better sense of what does work and what I really need. I will spend thirty minutes at the end of every month to assess if the schedule is working for me.

How: I am already doing this one. On the 2nd, I sat down with my schedule to revise it. I also added a recurring invite for 4th Friday of the month to assess my schedule and modify.

Habit 2: Take ten minutes every day to either journal or meditate.

How: I will carry a small notebook with me to support this habit. I put a reminder for myself on my phone to do this every day before lunch. I have my favorite meditation app and I have a notebook and pen in my purse.

Habit 3: Keep my current fitness schedule: 2 fitness classes per week + walk every day + take stairs whenever I can.

How: I just keep doing what I have been doing. Keep my expectations in check. I do not need more. This level of fitness keeps me healthy and happy. It is also a fitness routine that I know I can commit to and keep.

Parenting goals:

Goal 1: Continue enforcing good sleep habits for the kids.

How: Keep the bedtime routine. Gold stars for the kids for each bit of the routine they do on their own.

Goal 2: Keep introducing family to new foods. They don’t have to eat new foods but they do have to try it. For my children, this has been a great way to get them to diversify their plates. They now like green beans, asparagus, and broccoli. I also always make sure I have the healthy staples they like available (e.g. chicken noodle soup, whole wheat pancakes, fruit).

How: Keep my usual meal rotation for the kids + add a new side in each week + make sure they try a bite of anything new my partner and I eat.

What are your intentions for 2020? Have you written them down? It is a good first step.