How are those New Year's Resolutions coming? Hopefully your January hasn't been too gray and left you uninspired to chase down the big goals you had just two short weeks ago. If, however, you've fallen a bit behind, try this: come up with a goal you can keep once a week. This could make those baby steps much easier to take, which could keep you on track so you don't get so discouraged if you miss a day or two of trying to keep your resolution.
What do we mean by this? Check it out:
- Instead of saying you're going to be a vegetarian all of a sudden, start by not eating meat on Mondays.
- Trying to save money? Resolve to buy nothing each Tuesday.
- If you're trying to help the planet, don't sell your car (yet). Just be sure that Wednesday is carpool or public transit day.
- If 2012 is the year you give more to charity, let your Thursday lunch break be for researching local causes that need your help.
- Desire to support your local merchants? Fridays are for farmers' markets.
- If you want to get fit, set aside time on Saturdays to go for a long walk.
- Want to spend more time with family? Have a standing Sunday brunch date.
Eventually, these are things you can do every day. But for now, one step a week can make a big difference for you and others.