In January 2017, I wrote in an Evernote a list of grand bit achievable goals. I did not accomplish how a single one. So many emotions. Sadness, hate, resentment, fear, disappointment. All at myself and anything I feel like passing the blame on to. But then I felt another emotion.
I’ve been in a cycle the last few years (or maybe my whole life) of really wanting something to work out but something stops me. Something gets in my way. As cliché as it sounds, that something is me. Now that I’ve realized this, all of those other emotions are gone and all I feel is determination. I have let bad habits, and putting off gaining new habits, get in the way of my success.
I think I made it sound like I’m a mess. Maybe I am. But I do have SOME good habits. I brush my teeth twice a day and floss at least once. I wear my seatbelt. I cook healthy meals for my family regularly. I do yoga almost every night before I go to bed.As a mother, wife, blogger, and friend, I feel like I can do so much better and be so much more accomplished. I’m ready to leave my bad habits behind me an create better habits in 2018.
In January 2017, I wrote in an Evernote a list of grand bit achievable goals. I did not accomplish how a single one. So many emotions. Sadness, hate, resentment, fear, disappointment. All at myself and anything I feel like passing the blame on to. But then I felt another emotion.
I’ve been in a cycle the last few years (or maybe my whole life) of really wanting something to work out but something stops me. Something gets in my way. As cliché as it sounds, that something is me. Now that I’ve realized this, all of those other emotions are gone and all I feel is determination. I have let bad habits, and putting off gaining new habits, get in the way of my success.
I think I made it sound like I’m a mess. Maybe I am. But I do have SOME good habits. I brush my teeth twice a day and floss at least once. I wear my seatbelt. I cook healthy meals for my family regularly. I do yoga almost every night before I go to bed. As a mother, wife, blogger, and friend, I feel like I can do so much better and be so much more accomplished. I’m ready to leave my bad habits behind me an create better habits in 2018.

How To Create New Habits In Three Simple Steps

The first step in creating new habits is deciding what you want to do. Whether its breaking a bad habit or initiating a new good habit, you have to start by making a decision to do better. I have decided to start with three habits I want to work on. After I keep them up consistently for a few weeks, maybe I’ll start some more.

  1. Keep my mini van clean
  2. Kitchen clean before I go to bed
  3. Get one load of laundry done from start to finish each day
Ok, now I have my three habits selected. First step down. The next step in creating good habits (or breaking bad ones) is to remind yourself to get it done. I have created these little cards to tape around my house (and car) to remind me to get each of these habits done each day. There are two cards to list all three habits on, I’ll tape one on the mirror in the bathroom and one on my computer. There is also one card for each individual habit. I’ll put the car cleaning reminder in my car, the kitchen cleaning one on the fridge, and the laundry one on my laptop. I couldn’t decide which color to do, and like my daddy always says, I’m an over achiever. So you get 6 different colors in one download!

The final step to initiating a new habit is making it a part of your routine till it becomes a habit. I want to clean my car out weekly, but really its something I need to do actively everyday as well. I will put it on my weekly schedule (hey, google calendar) to do a thorough cleaning but I will also grab a few things to take inside each time I come home. My reminder card will help me remember to do this! Cleaning the kitchen each night before bed is definitely an every day thing. Seeing the card on the fridge will be a perfect reminder. Finally, part of my morning routine is opening my computer to get some blog work done. When I see the card taped to my computer it will be easy to take a few minutes to start a load of laundry before I get started. Then throughout the day as I get on my computer it will also remind me to switch and fold that load.

What habits do you want to make or break in 2018?

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