Insights from the happiness project and new goals

In the beginning of April I decided that March was going to be the last month of my happiness project which meant that I had been doing it for 6 months instead of the full year that I started off with. It felt like 6 months was enough because I have a hard time just focusing on one area every month since my brain wants to work on all areas simultaneously. This means that I want to move my baseline in all areas not just working on one and pausing the rest. Some people might do very well with the happiness project but I realized it didn’t work very well for me.

The first three months were really helpful and I researched the different areas quite alot but the second round wasn’t as productive and I didn’t really have a plan for how I was going to develop the areas. The resolutions I had weren’t anything extraordinary either since they are things I do for the most part which made it hard to really dig into them. All in all I can’t say that I did things that different or things that I wouldn’t have done without the happiness project. I work better with clear goals with black and white scenarios i.e. I don’t eat pasta or I exercise once a week every week or I bike to work every day. These goals then become habits of various strength and I move on to new tougher goals in multiple areas. So instead of the happiness project I will set the type of goals that work for me the rest of the year.

  • I have my buy nothing new goal
  • Me and Mr LIL are working towards longer and longer hikes with the LIL wolf where the goal is a 15 km hike before we go on our hiking trip this summer
  • My goal for the blog is to post at least 2 times a week
  • Shower in cold water at the end of each shower
  • My other exercise goal is to get back into the routine of going to the gym once a week and running once a week
  • We also have more long term financial goals that we are working towards

I see my daily habits as the foundation from which I can build my goals and develop new layers of habits. Some habits take more work to build up initially but now they are just part of my life and I don’t have to waste my energy thinking about them. Goals that I have had in the past which are now habits are:

  • I always bring food to work
  • I always get up at 5.50 in the morning
  • I always bike to work
  • I always turn off my light at the latest 22.30 on weekdays
  • I very rarely eat gluten/dairy products
  • I never use single use items like glases, mugs, cutlery or plates
  • I have automated my savings at the beginning of every month
  • I very rarely eat a restaurants (maybe once every second month)

Some of my habits I have fallen out of, for example exercising once a week which I did for a long period of time previously and cold showers which means they go back on the goal list. Most of my goals don’t have an end date, they are mostly lifestyle changes so my measurement if my goals is accomplished is when it becomes a habit.


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