Why The New Year is Too Late To Start New Habits

“Things will be different this year,” you always say.

How did that work out for you?

This is a way better time of year to try new things rather than in January.


Because the new year is always when you’ve tried new things. How did that work out for you?

Last year, I joined a gym in November.

This year, I’m starting a proactive dashboard for work.

By this time, you already know what didn’t work for this year. And it’s time to make a change. Start now, here’s why:

  1. Trying and starting new habits this time of year will test your willpower. Not everyone is doing it or making bad resolutions, so you’ll really see what it’s like in the trenches. And you’ll discover if you have discipline.

2. You’re ready to go. When the calendar flips, you already have started the new habits and goals you want to accomplish.

Think about this — most businesses work this way. Very few of them wait until January and then start changes. No. They’re planning for the first quarter now (or have already planned for the first quarter).

The budgets are set. The staff is set. The company’s goals are established.

That way when 1/1 comes around, it’s all systems go.

What are you waiting for?

For everyone else to get going? That never works.

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I’m Josh Spilker, a writer and author. I blog about the writing process at Create, Make, Write and write about everyday life at Vaguely Feel. My latest novel is Taco Jehovah.