Happy New Year!
As is customary this time of year, I am once again thinking about habits and resolutions. Having given up traditional resolutions last year, but unable to shake the desire to try something new, I decided to conduct a little experiment: Try out a habit for one week. Seven days. That's it. Then, move on to something else. Wait - what?
Ditch the 21 day habit framework. Give yourself the freedom to try something new every week.
I didn't realize I was on to something big until I shared this little experiment in the chat of a webinar, and it got a wave of interest. (Ok, so it was one person, but the host liked the idea too!) They asked about the rules and the different habits I would be attempting this year.
There is only one rule: Try the habit for seven consecutive days. By challenging yourself to short bursts, you are building your capacity to stick to a goal with multiple small wins.
When the seven days are up, you can move on to something new. I suspect I'll likely loop around to the same few habits over the course of the next 52 weeks, but this method allows for variety and gives me the freedom to choose.
So far, here is my list of habits to try, one week at a time:
The trick? Attempt to work on these habits in weekly rotations, at roughly the same time every day (that is why they are split into AM and PM lists). That way, you train your body and your brain to do something at that time, regardless what the habit is; you're conditioning a response to the time, not the action. The idea of using time is not novel, but I am suggesting you don't have to make one habit stick - you will be making the process stick.
Who is this habit experiment for? Those who crave freedom within a framework; Those who are too rebellious to stick to 21 days; Those who are curious; Those who want to experiment with new habits; Those who want to approach habits in a playful way.