Making a change to our lives can seem so big that it can be difficult to get started. Then we start to procrastinate and nothing gets done.
It’s important to start with some small, achievable steps to put us on the right path whatever we are looking to do in the future.
Developing habits, the regular routines and practices that become ingrained, are a sure fire way to make your dreams a reality.
Here are five good habits to introduce that will help you to build a foundation for your new challenge.
5 Good Habits To Build Into Your Week
Plan your week
By taking some time out on one day a week to plan the next week’s activities, you will find that you can get clear in your head what time you have to add in new activities. Planning your week also helps you to identify things that keep getting pushed to the next week, thereby allowing you to see what are your true priorities.
Planning your week should also include planning your meals so that you always know what needs buying and helps to avoid the additional cost of takeaway food.
Carry out a weekly review
Working out what went well and didn’t go as desired leads to improvement in planning your next weeks and eliminating unnecessary tasks. You get to find out:
- what works for you and your family
- what needs rethinking
- what should be disregarded
- what can be done again
Your weekly review should also include some sort of self-reflection, so you can be better prepared to face challenges that may come up.
Put everything back where it belongs
It’s so easy to just leave things for later after finishing an activity. Then you end up with lots of things left for “later” that never arrives. Either that it or arrives in the form of needing a whole day to get your house in order. Putting everything back when finished with its so much easier, and means that you always walk into a tidy room.
The bonus? Unexpected visitors aren’t feared!
If you want to change your life, you have to start saying “no” to things that you don’t want to be part of that new life.
- Say no to email subscriptions that don’t add value
- Say no to taking part in events that take you away from those you want to spend time with
- Say no to another drink
- Say no to skipping lunch
- Say no to working late
It can be hard at first. I said no to a meeting that was scheduled for my day off. I was a required attendee. A new date was found and the world didn’t end. Likelihood is, when you say no, the world won’t end either.
Be kind to yourself
Sometimes, we need to remember that we aren’t robots. We won’t always be able to produce top-notch work, we can’t always remember things, we don’t always feel energetic. On our not-so-good days, we need to be kind to ourselves and recognise what we have achieved and if we didn’t achieve anything then there is always tomorrow to start again.
Being kind to yourself can help to build resilience. A resilient person doesn’t throw all the hard work away because of one bad day. They accept the outcome and move on. They don’t stop believing they can do it because of one little dip.
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These habits are just a few ways that you can start to increase clarity in your life before taking on a new challenge or introducing a gradual change. There will be so many more focused habits that will eventually get you to your goal. It will also be important to eliminate those bad habits, too.
What habits do you think everyone should build into their day? Share in the comments below.
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Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.