A few months ago I completed a self-improvement challenge and one of the new habits that I decided to adapt to my daily routine was having 1 to 3 daily goals. I would write down the goals in the morning and kept them on my mind as my day unfolded and reflect on them at bedtime.
The goals are to be simple and attainable. From working out to drinking more water, to listening to a new podcast, to limit time spent watching youtube, to have a conversation with my husband after we put the kids to sleep. The idea is to feel in control of your actions, of your decisions and to make things happen.
I invited my husband to join me for the daily goals and he happily accepted, so we both, while getting ready or making breakfast will take the time to out loud say our goals of the day. Then we invited the kiddos… and it has been a wonderful decision.
We all as individuals see and perceive things differently. I work as a marine engineer for the maritime industry and have been doing so for about 14 years, my husband has a contract to do home health so his industry is wellness and performance. Then we have our 12 and 9-year-old whos live is mainly school, soccer (younger one) and running (oldest one), and home. So, the 3 daily goals are as different as they are surprising.
For me, my daily goals can look like:
- Taking a walk during lunch break
- Drinking 6 glasses or more of water during working hours
- Acknowledge a coworker (ask them how they are doing and do small talk)
- Listen to a podcast while driving
- Limit sugar intake / do fasting in the morning
- Take a moment to write on my journal or working on my blog
- Workout (in the morning or afternoon)
- Have a smile when coming home after work
For my husband, they usually look like:
- Try to rest when I come back from work
- Have a healthy snack when I come back from work
- Finish my water bottle during working hours
- Have at least 1-hour work out (on gym days) which means less chatting more sweating
- Call my wife mid-morning
- Listen to a new podcast while driving
- Be nice and offer any additional help to my patients
- Stop by my mom house to say hi on my way home
- Cheer for my son while at soccer practice
- Have a 15-minute chat with my oldest son right before he goes to bed
For my two kiddos, the goals are usually:
- Eat all my lunch in the lunch hour
- Say thank you at least 10 times during the day
- Be helpful with the teacher
- Sit in lunchtime next to someone I don’t know that much
- Do my homework as soon as I come from school
- Tell my dad and mom a joke after school
- Read 10 pages of the book I am reading
- Give my brother three hugs during the day
We always try to discuss how we did with the daily goals, what we accomplished and we did not. With the time I noted that we are all more open to trying new things, to set the bar higher as we accomplish these goals and also to be accountable when we don’t reach them. We are more self-assured and more confident and most importantly we are doing our best, personally and collectively to improve ourselves, to be better with ourselves and those around us.