Half Year Goals + The Power of a 60 Day Habit

Can you make a habit stick in 60 days?

Somehow, I missed New Years resolutions.

I guess what I mean is I had meant to officially “blog” those resolutions, but then decided against it. I tried it a few years ago, but I quickly lost sight of the resolutions. I know I’m not alone in that failing, right?

This year I have been plugging away at my “word for the year”. I just naturally started to simplify. I found myself purging closets. I was mindful of my spending habits. I was saying no to some things, and focusing on the things that were important.

So far, so good! But now that we are halfway through the year, I thought it was time to put a little more meat on the bones.

Here’s the thing – often times I get too large or silly with my goals. Either I make them so large and unattainable that I’m always missing the mark or I choose something that’s not actually a goal at all. I make a task and call it a “goal”. Or I say “change the world” when I can barely change myself.

So as we’re closing in on July, I decided I’d work on some habits.

Habits are great! Habits are things that, once established, you do automatically, without thinking. They just become a part of your everyday routine.

And I like routine.

This past year there are a few previously-established habits that I’ve ignored… and I want to get them back. There are also some habits I’ve tried and failed to implement, and I want to actually succeed this time.

There’s quite a bit of research out there that says it takes an average of 66 days to solidify a habit! 66! That’s quite a bit of time, right? But in order for something to become a regular habit, you need to focus on it for a prolonged period of time. And really, 2 months isn’t long at all!

So, for the next 6 months, I am going to focus on 6 habits. I’ll track my progress each day. Once I’ve hit the 30 day mark on a habit (hopefully the end of the month!) a new habit can begin, while continuing the final 30 days on the first habit.

Here are the habits I’ll be tracking over the next 6 months:

  • Planning | I’ve gotten out of my habit of planning daily. I was REALLY doing well with that! But then along came William (I know… a year ago!) and I just fell out of the routine. I’m confident that any goal I have will be more successful if I take to plan!
  • Water | I drink way more tea or coffee than I do just plain water. I realize that tea and coffee could count towards my daily intake of water, but I should be drinking more water…. I want to do better!
  • Outside | I love a good walk! But if the stars aren’t aligned for walking (like kids are crabby, it’s too close to nap time, etc) I am also quick to say “maybe tomorrow”. I want to get outside, even if it’s just for chalk art on the driveway, every single day. And if it’s raining, oh well! I quick dance in the rain never hurt anyone!
  • Bible Study | This probably should be number one on my list… but the truth is I’m already doing something. But I want to set aside some quiet time for deeper study and prayer.
  • Spending | I’ve actually been doing REALLY well on my spending habits. But I’d love to have a habit of not just spontaneously spending. I want to stop and take a breath before I buy something. And it may take longer than 60 days haha!
  • Reading | There is nothing better than curling up with a book! But I don’t take the time to do it like I used to. So I want to try to read every day for 60 days.

So starting July 1, I’m challenging myself to spend just a few minutes each day to plan for tomorrow. It’s such a valuable habit! I’m disappointed in myself that I’ve let this slip. And it seems like the best one to start up! Stay tuned for an update in 30 days 🙂

What habit do you need to start working on? Join me for the next 60 days!

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5 comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    Great list of habits – I could use some of those habits (as in “doing without having to overthink them) in my own life. More water. More time outside. Etc., etc.

    I always thought it was 21 days to a new habit. 66!! That is a long time to stay focused:)

    Thanks for sharing –

  2. Jess says:

    I’ve been thinking about my goals for the year too (now that 2017 is halfway done–yikes!) and really need to recommit myself to them because I can barely remember what they are!

  3. Heather says:

    It helps so much when I can write it down, even when I’m doing okay without it. Great habits to work on. I’m trying to get into writing in my prayer journal so when a prayer is answered I can reference when I started praying for something. My 60 days will start July 1, along with some 30 day challenges!!

  4. Whitney says:

    Great list! I could easily say yes to all of these same things. I’m dilligent about planning and trying to be really conscious about spending or not spending, drinking water, exercising and snacking. Good luck to your new habits!!

  5. Shelly says:

    I love this! Thanks for the inspiration. My “catch phrase” if you will for the year is waste not but if I’m being honest I have definitely not been holding that up. Between this post and the great podcasts you shared (I’ve already started listening) I think it’s time to get back on track!!

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