It turns out a whopping 31.6% of resolutions don’t last more than two weeks and 41.6% don’t make it past one month.
But while a lot of people fail each year to accomplish their resolution, people who make resolutions are still 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don’t. Basically, resolutions are important and they can help us reach our goals. The trick is sticking to them.
And since it’s the time of year when those good intentions start to fade, I decided to hit refresh on my resolutions and share some tips to help stick with them. Hopefully this inspires you to revisit, refresh, and recommit, too.Read more
Some days (weeks… months…) you need an extra jolt of motivation and inspiration. Whatever you’re trying to work on, whether that’s a side hustle, fitness goal, or a work project, sometimes the energy fades, and we need an extra push.
If you’re not feeling motivated, you basically have two options:
Fall off the tracks and never accomplish anything
Pop in your headphones and listen to one of these awesome motivational TED talks
Many of us often get stuck in a rut of doing the same things and activities day after day, week after week, year after year. We go to the same gym, talk to the same people at work, read the same types of books, and go to the same restaurants and bars every weekend. Routine is great – it creates stability and reduces stress – but novelty and forcing yourself outside of your comfort zone is also a really important part of life.
Have you ever struggled to drop a bad habit, or struggled to create one you know you need? In his book The Power of Habit: why we do what we do in life and business, Charles Duhigg breaks down the “science” of habits and how to change bad habits to good. His book also really got me thinking about all of the habits that I use every day, either purposefully or not. (PSA: If you haven’t read his book, I highly recommend it!) The more I read, the more I realized how much of my life was just a result of habits, rather than me actively choosing or deciding something. I also realized how draining it is when I actually have to make a decision instead of just relying on habit. It seems like when I have too many decisions to make in a day, my willpower and energy get so drained that by 6:00 all I can do is watch Netflix.
So basically, I want to rework my day and my habits so that they work for me and towards my goals, instead of moving me farther away from my goals. I’m going to break down the process so that you can hopefully apply these frameworks towards your own habits:
I was first introduced to mindfulness by my fiancé – his HR department was circulating mindfulness exercises as part of it’s wellness initiative. As he was describing the exercises and the videos, all I could think was, “this sounds exactly like what I do in yoga…”. So whether you’ve been doing yoga and wondering what the heck mindfulness is, or exploring mindfulness and wondering how it connects to meditation (or haven’t done either and are just curious!), I’m here to help demystify the two. Read more
Many of us know by now that our surroundings, especially our homes, can affect our mood: everything from colors, shapes, lighting, and more can have an impact. However, if you’re like me, maybe going out to buy all new furniture with rounded edges isn’t in the budget right now. Or maybe you live in an apartment and can’t paint the walls!
Whatever your situation, I’ve rounded up the best free or cheap things you can do to use your environment to boost your mood. I’ve also organized them by time they take, from quickest to most time-consuming.Read more