10 in 100

written by alison

I’ve been doing a lot of goal setting/contemplating lately. To the point of setting my goals for 2014 and creating plans for making them a reality. I’m not sure if I’m looking for a “fresh start”, am considering this year a wash, or if I want to plan ahead since I have some pretty big ideas that I’m excited about. Whatever the reason, it’s where I’m at mentally and I’m embracing it.

practice makes perfect

Before I get cracking on my big dreams, I wanted to work through some smaller goals that I’ve been thinking about. It seemed like a good way to test out making new habits and set myself up for success in early 2014.

Somewhere along the way I got the genius idea to make a “game” out of it. Armed with a list of 10 small habit changes, I thought spending 10 days on one then adding the next would allow me to not overwhelm myself with changes yet avoid getting bored with one small adjustment to my routine.

I know that a lot of habit setting experts say to focus on one change until it feels like routine before moving on to the next. And this experiment might just prove them ridiculously right. But it might end up being a great way for me to make significant progress on my dreams/goals in just over 3 months.

the list

Below are my 10 daily habits, in order of how I’ll add them.

  1. Brush teeth before starting my day {not in the middle of it since working for myself has ruined any morning routine}
  2. Read at least 5 pages of a book before bed
  3. Eliminate 1 item from the house **
  4. 15 minutes or more of activity {yoga, walking, Crossfit, running, etc}
  5. Clean my desk before “leaving work” *
  6. Drink a glass of h2o before  breakfast {which means remembering to put a glass by my bed each night}
  7. Only watch 1 TV show *
  8. No iPhone while eating dinner
  9. Don’t drink any soda *
  10. Send a thank you card, note or email **

* Will turn into weekday activities at the end of the 100 days
** Will turn into weekly activities at the end of the 100 days

I’ve created a Google Calendar labeled Goals + added each one, in the right order, for the next 100 days. I’ll be starting tomorrow with early morning teeth brushing. {I know, it’s ridiculous, but not having to “get ready” for work means that I sometimes shower in the middle of the day and brush my teeth then too. Brutus doesn’t mind, but I do.} Every 10 days a new goal is added to the calendar building on the momentum of the previous 10 days. By December 18th, I’ll be a new habit creating machine!