As anyone in change management will tell you, incremental change works better than radical change. One step at a time should be your mantra. In that spirit, concentrate on planning small changes in January. Just January. The whole year can wait. (They say it takes three weeks to make a new habit stick – so you’re covered!)
See how incremental change – easy small changes – can have a lasting impact on these popular resolutions
Want to drink more water?
Easy small change: Simply use a straw. They say everyone needs 64 ounces a day, but eight glasses a day seems like a lot if you’re not used to it. A straw makes all the difference! Start with just one glass in the morning at your desk, and one in the afternoon.
Want to be more positive?
Easy small change: Simply start your day with a happy thought. Before you go to bed, write down one good thing that happened to you that day. When you get up in the morning, look at it again. Something good happens every day. You’re reading this article – you showed an interest in changing your life, and invested the time to read about it. Good for you!
Want to get more exercise?
Easy small change: Simply take a short walk around the office three times a day. Set your phone alarm as a reminder. It would be terrific to hit 10,000 steps a day right away – but to get started, just being up and out of your office chair for 15 minutes a day is progress.
Want to eat more fruit?
Easy small change: Simply add one fruit a day. Throw some fresh blueberries into your morning cereal or oatmeal. (Hot oatmeal defrosts them quickly.) Look for fruit chutney recipes (add dates to the recipe and you can cut way down on the sugar needed) to serve with meats instead of adding gravy. Mango salsas are wonderful with fish. And if you don’t have time to make chutney or salsa – just slice fresh fruit as a topper. Peaches are amazing with pork, and sliced fresh strawberries are perfect on chicken breast.
Want to save money?
Easy small change (literally): Get a money jar. Start small by making a ritual of adding a quarter to the jar once a day. If you start increasing the amount, once you’re in the habit, just a dollar a day would be $365, while $2 a day nets $730. Now we’re talking big change!