12 Steps to a Better You

Fair warning right off… this is a full-year challenge, so if you’re not up for it, you may want to stop reading now. 😉 It’s a simple concept, really. And you could just do it one month at a time, and not do it all year. Habits typically take, on average, 21 days to develop, so this gives 7-10 extra days to really get it down. I’ve found that purposefully committing to something for a set amount of time really helps me stay accountable and get it done.

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the goal…

By the end of the year, you should be incorporating 12 new habits in your day-to-day life. These can be big things or small things; whatever works best for you. In January, you will add one habit to your life every day. You add one new habit each month, so that by the end of the year, you have added 12 good things to your life.

I would recommend aiming for small things that you know you’ve been needing to change. Maybe “read at least one chapter of Scripture every day.” If you are motivated to and/or can do more, go for it! But if you’re like me, sometimes you just have to take baby steps to make any progress. Remember, something is better than nothing, so don’t get discouraged if you’re only able to add one tiny habit each month.

some ideas…

HYGIENE (brush/floss teeth, fix hair, showers, skincare, etc.)

GRATITUDE JOURNAL
This one from Amazon looks super cute! It has a few gratitude prompts, but for the most part it has space for you to write three things you’re grateful for each day.

You can also just get plain journals from Amazon. I’ve used these and love them. You can get them with plain pages, dot grid pages, or lined pages. Plus they come in a variety of fun colors! They’re sturdy, hardback, and the paper is thick (Sharpies can bleed through, but most pens and my brush pens don’t).

BIBLE READING (you can find reading plans to read the Bible in a year, if that’s something you like)

SCRIPTURE MEMORY

EXERCISE (whether it’s just taking a walk or doing some sort of exercise program; and this is actually best done 3-5 days a week instead of every day)

HEALTHY EATING (cut out sugar, caffeine, etc., eat fruit and veggies every day, take vitamins daily, or completely change your eating habits)

SLEEP (go to bed and get up early, get at least 8 1/2 hours of sleep, etc.)

STOP A BAD HABIT (this is just as needful and sometimes harder than creating a new habit!)

CLEANING (make your bed every morning, straighten the house before you go to bed, make sure you do your chore every day…)

KEEP A TO-DO LIST (this definitely helps me function better and feel like I’ve accomplished more by the end of the day)

TIME OFF FROM SCREENS

JOURNAL

my goals…

Those are only a few of the many habits you can incorporate, but hopefully you get the idea. And you can do more than one if you want to! Just be careful not to bite off more than you can chew.

My January habit goals are to prayer journal every night and to get into exercising regularly again. I did pretty well on both of those a couple months ago, but then I let them slip. I want to get back into these habits, as they are both extremely helpful for me. I’ve been amazed lately at how much more relaxed and peaceful I am falling asleep at night after writing in my prayer journal. And something as simple as taking a walk every morning helps me be more alert and productive during the day.

What are your goals/resolutions for 2020? And who wants to do this with me? I’ll be happy to try to keep you accountable!

Speaking of 2020, if you haven’t seen them yet, I have new calendar pages for January and February up on the free downloads page! HUGE thank you and shoutout to my sweet friend Hillary for the adorable illustrations! Comment and let her know how much you love them. 🙂

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