by Kendra Bork
It’s February. Do you know where your resolutions are?
If you’re like most people, they were left behind with the noisemakers from New Year’s eve. But, there are a select few that are turning those resolutions into goals and trying to push them forward so that they can look back at the end of the year and say “I did this!”
Let’s talk about how we can get those goals accomplished this year! In Tasks and the Power of Habit, I talk about the different ways to break down a goal into steps that can be checked off, and whether your goal is best supported by turning that recurring task into a habit – and how to mix them both!
Want to learn more about why habits are so powerful? I highly recommend reading The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Both books go a bit more into the science behind habit formation. As I read each one, I found a lot of ‘aha’ moments as I discovered why I was having so much trouble establishing habits.
One last hint that I want to reiterate from the video – don’t try to set up a habit that skips days from the start. You’ll find it much harder to start with a Monday/Wednesday/Friday habit than if you start by doing something everyday and then back off to your ideal schedule. Repetition is key. If it takes 21-30 days to make a habit, you’ll solidify a habit in about a month if you do it every day. With three days a week only, it could take 2 to 3 times as long.
It’s February, but it’s also only February. There’s still plenty of time to accomplish your goals before the end of the year. You can do this!
Kendra Bork is a CFO and owner of a property management company. She teaches certification classes in human resources, finance, and risk management for the local apartment association. Her spare time is occupied with sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, photography, music-making, dancing…and planning to keep it all straight! You can find her on Instagram or on YouTube where she posts videos on functional planning.