We're moving into a new house (T minus 10 days, ACK!) and a new school year is approaching. There will be chaos for a while, but I think it would be great to take advantage of this time of change to build some healthier and more satisfying routines. I'm talking about things like:
- sleep. I never get enough. I need to build a bedtime routine that starts at a sensible hour and doesn't lead to me staying up too late, mindlessly reading the same Facebook posts over and over or - my big downfall - popping onto Pinterest
- snacking. Yeah. Enough said.
- morning routines. Right now, I waste way too much time reading email, checking the news and weather - both okay in themselves - but then surfing over to Facebook, playing a word game, etc etc.
And there are more. Many more. Trust me on this.
Thanks to the book, I have an idea of what kind of habit keeper I am (I am most likely to complete a task when it's for someone else, not myself) and I have some strategies I can use to help me stick to my goals. For example, I have software on my computer that locks me out of the Internet for as long as I choose. I can set that to activate every night so I don't fall to the lure of Pinterest. (Yes, I could still view it on my phone, but needing to take that extra step will give me time to remember that I need to be on my way to bed.) My new office will be in the basement and the kitchen is upstairs, so as long as I maintain a No Food In The Office rule, I can cut down on the cupboard wandering. (If nothing else, I'll have to climb a set of stairs when I want to eat something.) The morning .... hmm. Still working on that. But you know, it's probably best to start with the other two first anyway, right?
So that's the plan: move in, get the kids back to school, head down New Habit road. But before I begin, I'd love to know what habits you might want to take up (or break). Or if you have a success story, please share! I'll give a $10 (US) gift card to the online bookstore of your choice to one commenter (winner to be announced August 14), so don't be shy!