Yearly, on the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, my sister Elizabeth and I do the Happier Trifecta to set ourselves up for the brand new yr.

Many individuals don’t like making New 12 months’s resolutions, and the workout routines of the Trifecta supply a enjoyable (and nonetheless efficient) various.

The Trifecta for 2024:

  • One-word theme—Elizabeth’s is “E book” and mine is “Revisited”
  • Yearly Problem—this yr’s problem is “Write 24 in ’24
  • “24 for ’24” listing—see under!

Analysis reveals that once we set particular goals for ourselves,  we’re way more prone to obtain them. So taking the time to make an inventory of issues we wish to accomplish throughout the yr could make a giant distinction to our happiness.

Nonetheless, how we method our goals could make a giant distinction. As an example, as a result of many individuals have dangerous associations with “New 12 months’s resolutions,” they like to make use of the instruments from the Trifecta.

By reframing a job, we will make it appear extra enjoyable, extra manageable, or much less intimidating. For some purpose, individuals love a “24 for twenty-four” listing!

There’s no proper approach or incorrect solution to make this listing—no matter works for you.

As you contemplate what so as to add to your “24 for twenty-four” listing, these options would possibly spark concepts:

Have enjoyable with the quantity “24”

  • learn 24 novels
  • stretch for 2-4 minutes each hour
  • hand over expertise for twenty-four hours
  • hold the hours of 2-4:00 pm meetings-free
  • go for an extended hike twice a month (2 x 12)

Be concrete, and body objects as actions, not outcomes

“Attempt 24 new recipes” or “Put together meatless meals 2-4 occasions per week” works higher than “Grow to be an completed cook dinner” or “Cook dinner extra”

Divide your listing into classes

Contemplate the Very important 9 classes of habits to decide on areas to work on:

  1. Power: train and sleep
  2. Productiveness: focus, work, progress
  3. Relationships: join and deepen
  4. Recharging: chill out and relaxation
  5. Order: clear and set up
  6. Function: mirror, establish, interact
  7. Aware Consumption: consuming, consuming, spending, scrolling
  8. Aware Funding: save, help, expertise
  9. Creativity: study, apply, play

As an example, you would possibly divide your listing into Power, Productiveness, Order, and Creativity, with six objects in every class.

Select a mixture of huge, small, and eccentric objects

I all the time embody one merchandise that I can cross off instantly and in addition throw in a couple of straightforward ones, like “Purchase an area heater for my workplace.” Some are robust duties, like “Get caught up on my bodily photograph albums.” I all the time have a couple of enjoyable ones, resembling “Plan a fragrance night time with buddies.”

Construct your listing round a single theme or goal

In the event you’re particularly enthusiastic about your one-word theme, or you’ve a giant problem or transition arising in 2024, you might wish to dedicate your whole “24 for ’24 listing” to that space—it’s all about “Evolve” or about your transfer to a brand new metropolis.

Embody objects which might be enjoyable or revitalizing

Many individuals fill their lists with issues they ought to do and don’t embody objects they need to do—particularly Obligers (see under)! Obligers, use your “24 for ’24” listing to create outer accountability for issues which might be enjoyable for you. Enjoying tennis, getting a therapeutic massage, studying in your favourite chair on Sunday afternoons…that goal can go in your listing.

Contemplate your Tendency

Consider whether or not you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Insurgent. (Don’t know? Take the free quiz right here.)

  • Obligers—discover an accountability associate for tackling the “24 for ’24” listing, or discover a type of accountability for  particular person objects; additionally, the “24 for ’24” listing might itself function a type of accountability
  • Questioners—contemplate monitoring your goals, customizing a plan, or articulating clearly why you’ve determined to place one thing on the listing
  • Upholders—spell out your objects clearly and add them to your calendar, if attainable (I discover that I do a lot better with an merchandise when it truly seems on my schedule)
  • Rebels—bear in mind, this listing isn’t a “to-do” listing however a “could-do” listing, and it’s meant that can assist you do what you need, if you select, to place your id into the world

Intention for progress, not perfection

Elizabeth and I’ve made these lists for a number of years, and we’ve by no means checked off each merchandise. Nonetheless, we’re all the time completely satisfied we did it.

Discover a solution to show your listing

Making an attractive show of your listing might be enjoyable, and it additionally helps to maintain your listing uppermost in your thoughts. I’ve seen individuals do lovely, inventive issues with their lists.

Or if you wish to hold it easy, obtain this free PDF, print it out, and hold it someplace you possibly can confer with it all year long.

Be taught from the previous

In the event you’ve tried and did not hold a decision up to now, strive approaching it another way. Don’t resolve, “I’m doing it incorrect,” “I must strive more durable,” or “I’m lazy.” Ask your self, “How may I method this goal a unique approach?” I’ve tried for 2 years in a row to do day by day “evaluate studying,” and I’ve by no means managed to do it. So this yr, I plan to do one hour of “evaluate studying” on Saturdays and Sundays. I hope that altering the behavior will make it simpler to maintain.

Backside Line: Swimsuit Your self

It’s a lot simpler to satisfy our goals for ourselves once we do it in the best way that’s proper for us. Which is simpler stated than completed!

Good luck making your “24 for twenty-four” listing. I discover it to be such a hopeful, partaking train to set the tone for the brand new yr.

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