As I think about the habits I’ve created over the years, I realize how much they impact my everyday life.
There are a ton of studies out there that show that habit formation can take anywhere between 30-60 days (sometimes longer!). But our habits are those things we do each and every day that we don’t have to put a lot of brain power towards.
Brushing my teeth, locking the doors, washing my face, feeding the cats… These are things I just do because of habit.
And our habits can make our life better or they can make our life more difficult.
Maybe one of your habits is eating a large dessert after every dinner (hi, this was me). Or another habit is waking up every morning and going on a walk. Some of our habits make us healthier, some make us unhappy.
Yet changing them can be so challenging. And depending on your personality, habit formation can be a tiresome act.
I’m spending my October monitoring, so I can observe eating & spending habits. Gretchen Rubin says in her book Better Than Before…
What you monitor you manage.
It’s why Fitbits are so important to people. It’s why food diaries are advised when people are trying to lose weight (My Fitness Pal is a good example).
So this month, I’m monitoring my spending & my eating habits in a journal. I’m writing them down each and every day for the entire month. While I monitor what happens every day, I’ve also set a goal to always have my water bottle with me and to take my multi-vitamins every single day. Those are achievable and easy to implement into my current lifestyle.
One particularly helpful thing Gretchen does is “Power Hour.” She has an ongoing list of annoying tasks (hanging up art, cleaning out the fridge, dropping off donations, printing photos) and she spends one hour a week tackling those things. I have this list sitting in my Evernote notebook and I look at it everyday and just say… “tomorrow.”
I have found Better Than Before so inspiring already. As someone who can be a little OCD about organizing and efficiency, this book was like music to my ears. Rubin offers pretty straightforward information and adaptable tips that most people can implement.
Have you read the book? What was your takeaway?