There are many reasons it's hard - our brains and bodies are actually wired to resist change. Forming new habits requires discipline.
"Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly." Julie Andrews
I have been disciplined about writing every day, and I feel good about it. But here are some of the many other habits I've vowed to develop in the past:
|Even little habits require discipline|
Not to mention lose 10 pounds, write a book, discover my life's purpose, spend quality time with my kids and husband, contribute meaningfully to my community, organize my closets, improve my tennis game, start playing golf, travel the world, read the classics and become a sexy hot vixen - all before I hit 50.
I do some of these things some of the time but, unlike making my bed and brushing my teeth, they're not habits. I know they're worthy goals, necessary goals, but looking at the long list is overwhelming. How can I make so many changes? And realistically, how much time do I have to devote to this stuff anyway?
Let's say I have an hour. An hour a day I can do. And I want to pack as much into that time as possible.
Here's the breakdown of how I'll spend the 60 minutes I'm devoting to new habits:
10 mins - Quiet Contemplation (to increase feelings of well-being, connectedness, gratitude, optimism)5 mins - Keep Food Journal (to be mindful of diet calorically and nutritionally)
15 mins -Tackle a Terrible Task (handle something awful but important)
25 mins- Vigorous exercise (must include sweating and panting!)
5 mins - Bedtime beauty routine (remove makeup,wash face, moisturize, floss!)
There, I've written it and so I shall do it! Oh, and based on my experience yesterday, if I need help I will ask for it.
Hey, if you had an extra hour, what changes would you make to your daily routine?