I’ll start on Monday: How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

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Eat healthy, lose weight, how are you going to get there?

Are you ready? Tomorrow is Monday, the first day of the first week back to work after the New Year, the first day of the rest of your life, the first day of a better, healthier, good-habit you. No pressure, but Monday is almost here.

That came up quick, didn’t it?

Whether you’re calling it a resolution, an intension, or assigning another motivating label to your new healthy habit, I’m guessing it’s grand, lofty, and starting to feel unattainable since Monday is less than 24 hours away.

And that’s where most habits die – somewhere between January 1st and January 5th – because they’re too big and too vague, and too “OMG what was I thinking, I’ll never be able to do this.”

Micromanage things you want to change

You can do anything you set your mind to when you become a micromanager of the things you want to change. So if your resolution is to lose weight in 2016, micromanage this goal into smaller, less overwhelming pieces with realistic timelines and actions – the who/what/why/when/where/how of your goal.

Micromanaging helps you to map out a plan for your goal, much in the same way you would create a timeline for a work-related project, which helps you visualize the desired outcome, and the action steps keep you on track. A micromanaged weight loss goal with action steps might look something like this:

  • I want to lose 20 pounds in 2016
    • I will lose 3 pounds by January 15
      • Each night I will prepare ingredients for warm lemon water to enjoy in the morning.
      • I will get up 30 minutes early each day
      • I will prepare and drink warm lemon water while stretching, then 10 minutes of burst training, 10 minutes of weight training 4 days per week
      • I will eat a healthy breakfast, free of grains, free of sugar
      • I will get ready for the day and follow my normal morning routine
      • I will pack my lunch, free of grains, free of sugar
      • Before the sun sets I will walk for 20 to 30 minutes outside, or if the sun has set, will dance in the living room for 20 minutes or 10 additional minutes of burst training

The above plan is much more realistic, much more attainable, much more manageable, can be measured for success, and has a timeline associated with it. This is often referred to as a SMART goal, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely. You can get even more micromanagier with this, too by setting daily or weekly goals, but you get the idea.

And it doesn’t need to be that fancy. It can be as simple as saying “I want to eat healthy in 2016,” and focusing on one area. The micromanaged version looks like this:

  • Eat healthier in 2016
    • Eat more greens every day
      • Eat 1/2 cup of micro greens or sprouts every day

You’ve got a few hours left before Monday is here. Grab a pen and piece of paper, or your smart phone, or computer, and start micromanaging the heck out of those lofty resolutions.

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