It takes three days to break a habit, 21 days to form a new habit and 66 days to make it stick. That’s a lot of math and for that I full heartedly apologize, but just stick with me on this. January and its unofficial official hashtag #newyearnewme always comes with the pressure of creating goals like eating better, exercising more, or maybe even getting more sleep. It’s exhausting just thinking about January. Here are a few reasons why you should start your New Years goals in December.
1. Slip Ups Without the Guilt
Even with the holidays, you can still slip up and get back on track. With the January pressure, slip-ups can make you fall into that pit of despair and even fall off the bandwagon. If you start in December, you can slip up and start over without feeling like you already failed in the new year.
2. It Can Be a Month of Trying New Things
December has 31 days in it, this gives you plenty of time to try out new things until you find something that you actually like doing. Instead of joining a gym, yu may find you like pop-pilates better! Give yourself this month to try out lots of new habits and see which one sticks!
This is also a great time to try those healthier recipes without fully committing to a new diet or lifestyle. While the Keto and Paleo diets seem great, maybe you should try a few recipes before you fully commit to giving up real bread.
3. Break Down Bigger Goals
Okay so maybe you have one big new year’s goal that you want to accomplish. Let’s say that you want to become a more organized person. It’s easier said than done. Give this month to look at your life and see where you want or need to be more organized. Maybe it’s a little of everything, both home and life. Take this time to write down what changes you want to see and set SMALL goals throughout the year. Remember that this is December and life will likely be overwhelming with the holidays, family and end-of-year work deadlines.
4. Small Changes Add Up to Bigger Goals
Whether you’re starting big or small, break it down and focus on one or two things at a time. Everything and anything counts, and by the end of the month, you’ll notice the changes. Let’s say you want to become a better cook, or cook more meals. The best way to do this is simply start. Find a recipe that you’ve always wanted to try and simply make it. The meal doesn’t have to be something huge, it could simply spaghetti carbonara. If you really like a particular chef just look up their recipe, write down the ingredients, go get them, and follow the recipe. BAM! Look at you! You just made that (and I bet it tasted amazing!). If you do this once a week for the year, that’s 52 new recipes and 52 new things you’ve learned!
5. Patience Young Jedi
It takes 3 days to break a habit, 21 days to form a new habit and 66 days or 2 months to make it stick. If you take the time to find out what you really like doing in December and plan for the month of January, set small goals and most importantly have patience with yourself, you’ll more likely reach your new year’s goals! Don’t beat yourself up when you slip up, just get back up and keep going. I believe in you!