The folks here at Taylor Morrison, just like so many people throughout the country, started the New Year determined to fulfill all of our well-meaning resolutions. But what does that mean? Typically, resolutions represent destructive habits we want to get rid of and healthy habits we wish to take up. Easier said than done, right? Here are some ideas for kicking old habits and embracing new ones.
Create a Habit Loop
The bestselling author of The Power of Habit says the secret to creating good habits is to get on the habit loop. It’s hard to break a habit, says Charles Duhigg, but using the science of habit change to introduce new habits or change old ones can make a huge difference. It can be as simple as this: if you live in one of our sunny Southern California homes, instead of resolving to work out more, decide to get out and walk to and from the coffee shop during your lunch break every day.
Tackle Habits with To-Do Lists
In 4 Tips for Checking Off To-Do Lists, the writer tells us how to create strong to-do lists to make even ambitious goals do-able. Planning ahead should continue and lists should be updated as time goes by. Listing can help you stay organized, whether you’re in Castle Pines in Denver or Steiner Ranch in Austin, for instance.
Make Habits Stick with Mindfulness
In 3 Steps to Make Your New Habits Stick this Year a clinical psychologist explains that being mindful, in the moment, can do wonders for keeping your New Year’s resolutions. Suggestions include taking up a mindful practice like meditation, using apps to help with mindfulness, and building a support network.