Newsflash: It’s our routines that matter not willpower!

" To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." - Oscar Wilde


Something to Read

It’s our routines that matter not willpower, 5 reasons to ditch the resolutions.


Something to Listen to

How to take back control of your time

It’s amazing how we spend so much of our lives wasting time on things that don’t matter to us. I found this podcast a really interesting insight into how to learn the skills to reclaim my time and focus on what matters most.

Listen here


Something to Do

How to break down your goals into habits

If you don’t have time to read the article above, then listen to the podcast above, and if you don’t have time for that either (this is a demanding time of year after all – I get that) go straight to the below!!

1.    Think about a goal you wish to pursue in 2023. Take your goal and break it down into bite-sized habits - what actions do you need to perform that are one time single actions and what needs to happen each day to achieve your goal? For example say your goal was to start writing a book, the actions you need to take each day may be to write 500 words. Or if your goal was to run a marathon the actions you might need to take each day could be to run x distance, do x amount of strength training to support your running. And one-time single actions could be to understand which marathon you want to run and with whom as a starting point. 

2.    Ask yourself what feels easiest to start with/what feels most fun? Where you can put the actions in order of ease/fun – and start with the easiest. If you feel confident you can sustain that change after 1-2 weeks, move on to the next, and so on.

3.    Write down when and where you plan on performing the habit you chose this week? E.g. after I boil the kettle for my 9am tea I will…

4.    Feel good about making positive and sustainable changes to your health. Habits are a marathon, not a sprint, so celebrate building your endurance for the long haul. 


Published on 13th Feb 2023 at 12:00 by Dr. Heather McKee

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