How to Make a Habit Stick
Here I am at The White House Press Room. My family had a private tour over the Christmas Holiday. This is my favorite photo.
How To Make a Habit Stick
It’s a new year and decade. So, what do you want to change or improve this year? My gym has been really crowded since January 1. I wonder how long it will last. New Year Resolutions and intentions are easy to make but hard to keep.
I listened to a really good Podcast recently:Creatures of Habit by Hidden Brain published December 30, 2019. The theme of Creatures of Habit is about Will Power. Will Power does not determine how successful we are at achieving our goals and New Year’s Resolutions. Well... what does? Making your goal a habit. Making a new habit involves consistency so it has to be easy and uncomplicated for you to do it consistently.
The Scientist interviewed on the Podcast gave some examples. Exercise goal: Research revealed if the gym is 3.5 miles away then most people went to the gym 3 times a month and if the gym was 5 miles away they only went 2 times a month. Wow! That’s not much at all. I love exercising and I belong to a gym with 2 locations. I have no problem driving to the gym that is 10 miles away but this is a long standing habit for me.
When the Scientist wanted to begin a new exercise routine she had to figure out how and when she could work it into her busy schedule. She had a full time job and a family. The only time she could exercise was first thing in the morning. She slept in her exercise wear to make it easier for her. She decided on a time that did not conflict with work or her children and by sleeping in her exercise clothes she minimized the effort to get out the door. She was successful because jogging became a habit for her.
Just like anything else it takes planning to figure out how to make it work for you. Removing obstacles from derailing you. Another goal is getting better organized. It’s important to be specific not vague.
My one word for 2020 is Positivity. What’s yours? My intention for 2020 is to add weights to my workout routine 2 times a week. I also want to spend more time on my finances. I scheduled a recurring appointment into my own calendar for every Friday to work on Mint and Quickbooks. I also want to try more variety in my diet. I want to try different fruits and veggies. I plan to buy an interesting looking fruit or veggie one to two times a month. If I don’t like it, I never have to eat it again.
I hope you have a positive and prosperous 2020. Contact me for Professional Organizing, Professional Downsizing, and Daily Money Management services.
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New Year New Office
Here is a photo of my new home office. I used to have my office in our Bonus Room and it never felt quite right. I love my new office. The morning sun streams in through the large window. I'm usually working at a Clients Home or Office so I don't get to enjoy it that much.
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