By Leo Babauta
I’m convinced that creating goals or resolutions is hardwired into us, because we can’t stop making them. Unfortunately, we’re not as equipped for making the goals come true, and the pattern most of us have seen is that we start a goal with optimism, only to be disappointed when we haven’t done much after the first week or so.
I’d like to suggest that you try creating rules that will make your goals happen.
A rule in this case is an action you do after a specific event happens, as consistently as you can, which will lead to your goal happening.
Some examples for different goals:
Write a book: When I turn on my computer, I will shut off the browser and all other programs but my text editor, and write for 20 minutes.
Learn Spanish: When I drive to and from work, I will listen to my Spanish tapes and practice.
Read more: When it’s 9:30 p.m., I turn off the computer, get ready for bed, and read my book.
Run a marathon: When my alarm goes off at 6 a.m., go out and do my run for today. Or stretch if it’s a rest day.
Lose weight: 1) When it’s breakfast, eat oats, cinnamon and berries. 2) When it’s lunch or dinner, eat black beans, brown rice, veggies, salsa and guacamole. 3) If I’m hungry in between, eat apples, carrots, or plain nuts. 4) Drink only tea or water, except a cup of coffee to start the day.
Be more mindful: When I wake up, I pee, drink a glass of water, then meditate …