Are New Year's Resolutions Worth It? Build Routines for 2022
To be blunt about it, there is nothing particularly magical about the start of a new year. That is to say, I suspect that deep down you know that you do not need a new year to start a new routine. However, given that we humans generally take notice of patterns, such as the start of a new year, we can leverage these special events as launching point opportunities to kick off new routines and habits. In that sense, the flipping of the calendar serves as a convenient moment to stop, think, and act.

No matter what your goals are for 2022 and beyond, if you are like most people, relying on willpower alone is unlikely to be the strategy that gets you there. What usually works best for the long term are systems. By putting a strong system in place to help manage your time, goals, and accountability, you can free up mental space to focus on the things you actually want to do. The system will still be there to let you know if you are veering off track. The system will still be there even if you have temporary lapses in consistency. The system will still be there if you end up "forgetting" the feeling you might have now-- the determination to take action-- to make wonderful things happen in your life. You can use whatever system works best for you, but the system we recommend, the system we built, is Habit Zap.

How do you use Habit Zap to achieve goals or build habits? The first step is to decide where you would like to end up. Take a moment to think about what areas would lead to the biggest improvements in your life if you were to address them. Some common examples including focusing on health and wellness, learning new professional skills, or learning new ways to relax or reduce stress. Consider making a list of the things you would like to achieve, and the type of work, learning, or practice, that you would need to put in to achieve them.

Habit Zap is designed to help you build habits and routines by managing repeatable activities that you intend to do on a regular basis. This can be as simple as reminding you to take your vitamins every day. Or to do 5 minutes of jumping jacks. Or to practice guitar scales for 10 minutes. Or all of the above. It's like a "productivity playlist", where you have listed out the things you would like to complete each time you launch an instance of that session. And how exactly do a handful of seemingly random tasks turn into habits or routines? Each day, you load up your activity list, start a session, and check off each reminder or timer activity, one by one. It's that simple. In this fashion, you can work toward building whatever skills and routines you believe can move you closer to your best self. If you do this on a regular basis, you may well find that not only does putting in the work become second nature (and often fun), but the progress you can achieve from dedicating even small amounts of time to specific tasks, over and over, will lead to incredible gains as the weeks and months add up.
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2022 is a convenient starting place for a new beginning-- to focus on yourself, your loved ones, and/or where you would like to end up. Whether you decide to try out Habit Zap today or not, we wish you the very best for the new year! Have fun, and make it count!
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