Our aim is to help you adopt healthy habits that you can keep up for months and years to come. To give ourselves the best chance of success, it’s helpful to set goals that are achievable and meaningful.
We’re encouraging you to set short-term goals, with a longer-term goal in mind. You can then celebrate the small wins along the way, and it becomes less daunting and more motivating!
So, today on New Year’s Day, we are asking you to think about what you’d like to achieve in 2021 and make SMART goals: Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Time Bound
A good way to do this is to jot down your thoughts, then you have a handwritten goal to pin up so you see it regularly. An example of a Specific long-term goal could be improving the quality and quantity of your sleep each night (we aim for ~ 8 hours). Getting there involves short-term Measurable goals such as limiting screen time in the evening and reducing caffeine consumption during the day by drinking less coffee. You can then reduce these in a way that is Achievable. You know they are Realistic if you set yourself small reductions each week e.g. first week, one less cup of coffee a day, second week, reduce by another cup of coffee or replace it with decaf.
Don't let today's doubts become tomorrow's reality - do something today your future self will thank you for