and again and again and again.
When I first started this blog, I was trying to work on self-discipline issues. And I still am.
So many things in my life are chaotic because of my lack of self-discipline and inability to form new habits.
I tried to start a bullet journal a couple of times, so that I could do habit tracking. I didn’t even make it one month each time.
I’ve bought lovely planners. Even when I remember to carry them with me, I only use them sporadically.
Right now, I have a list of a few things I’m trying to start. I have managed . . . 4 days in a row of 3/5 of the list out of the last 2 weeks.
I’m listening to the audible book version of Atomic Habits hoping to use it to help. Clear talks about “habit stacking” – making a small change, then another, then another on top of each other. Which completely makes sense.
Until I start trying to implement it.
I know I’m not unique in this way. I mean, books like Atomic Habits or blogs like Zen Habits wouldn’t exist if I were unique.
But I continually feel overwhelmed trying to start new, healthier habits.
And I look back and see, I was struggling with the same things years ago. My house is not as bad as it was in 2013 when I wrote that, but it still isn’t the way I want it, either.
For right now, I’ve made a chart on a dry erase board for starting a few small things.
- 15 mins of housework
- 3 homemade meals
- 30 mins of study toward a self-study course
I know to some people, making homemade meals and doing a minimal amount of housework sounds. . . piddly? little? bare minimum? But for me, even doing those small things on a regular basis would make a big difference in my life. Making all my own meals would help with both health and cash flow. I tend to do housework in large chunks when I have energy or am motivated. If I did even a little every single day, my environment would be so much nicer.
One thing I did last year that sort of forced me to pay attention to my environment was to start gardening. My apartment complex started a small community garden. Last fall, I took over a plot no one else was tending and planted a bunch of winter veggies as well as tended the perennial herbs I’d planted the year before. Then I went a bit crazy and started a bunch of plants on my porch. It required me to tend them pretty much daily, and I did well for 8 or 9 months. Then I got sick, was sick for about a month, then took another month to fully recover. I couldn’t bend over to fill the watering can or to pour the water. It was depressing and all the plants I started last summer died. I’ve just begun replacing them.
What healthy habits do you have? How did you get them established?
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