New Year's Resolution

New Year’s Resolutions and Parkinson’s Law

I’m going to go ahead and tell you right now: You shouldn’t make a New Year’s resolution.

Seriously, why even do it? 

You know you’re not going to follow through with it, so why set yourself up for failure? And do you know why you and millions of other people will not achieve your 2022 New Year’s resolutions? 

Because of something called Parkinson’s Law.

If you’re not familiar with Parkinson’s Law, it’s the adage that work expands to fill the time allowed. Simply put, the amount of work required adjusts to the time available for it to get done.

Think of it like this: When you were in school and the teacher assigned a paper or project on Monday that was due on Friday, you probably didn’t do it that night. You waited until Thursday night to start and finish the paper. That’s an example of Parkinson’s Law.

It’s the same with New Year’s resolutions. If you set a goal in January and give yourself 12 long months to reach it, it’s probably not going to happen. You might be excited in the first week or two, but then you’ll get distracted, tell yourself you have 11.5 more months to achieve it and forget all about that resolution. 

So does that mean you should never set huge goals? Definitely not. But what we should do is set small, manageable goals instead of one big goal. A coach can help you break down the steps into manageable chunks.

Say you want to lose 15 lb. this year. Make your first goal to eat one serving of vegetables at each meal for two weeks and see how that goes.

After you have conquered that goal, make 30 minutes of exercise four times a week your goal. Then go on to the next small goal and the next one and so forth.

Eventually, you’ll have achieved all of these small goals, and they will have helped you reach your really big goal for the year. 

So in 2022, avoid New Year’s resolutions and Parkinson’s Law. Go for the short, small goals and see how much you’ll succeed vs. your efforts in past years.

And if you still need help, you can schedule a goal setting appointment with a Gabi staff member HERE.

Want to kick off some healthy meal choices? Click here to read about our #1 breakfast idea for 2022!

Inspiration provided by Brandon Brigman at www.noexcusescrossfit.com.

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