Breaking & Making Habits

I was completely inspired by a recent post on goop called “How to break a habit…or start a new one.” Being that April was Stress Awareness Month (and that it’s life in general…), bad habits and stress have recently been top of mind for me. Work has been great but incredibly busy, which has put parts of my life onto autopilot.

katekatebear couch

So, like anyone, I have some habits that aren’t so great that come out when I’m on auto…

  • Coming home and immediately sitting on the couch after a long day 
  • Doing laundry…but only until it gets to the dryer then letting it sit crumpled in the hamper
  • Checking work email before bed…
  • Checking work email immediately when I wake up…
  • Checking work email at dinner…
  • Not taking the dog out for enough walks
  • Not calling my momma enough
  • Etc…

 

Gwyneth and her team talked to Jeremy (author of the book Making Habits, Breaking Habits), who had some really great points. When we get busy, we do what we’ve done in the past instead of making a better choice. We learn these habits by doing them over and over. Although we may not ever be able to get rid of habits, we do have the power to change them to something better (or neutral). I want to make it to a point to start changing the habits I don’t like. This week, instead of sleeping in, I’m going to wake up and workout OR take the dog out for a walk (granted, this week there will be fewer workouts because I’m running a half marathon this weekend haha).

Along with some of the bad, I want to turn to good, I also have some great things I’d like to turn into (or back into) habits. Jeremy says, in order to create a whole new habit, you have to have a really specific goal in mind…

  • Waking up early for my Tone It Up workouts! 
  • Cleaning around the house
  • Blogging
  • Buying random gifts for Tom and people I love
  • Etc…

So how are we going to do this? The team has some good tips. The “If/Then” plan – where if is the situation and then is the action. For example, if I have a few minutes before work, then I will tidy up a small area in the house. They also mention affirmations. “Leave little messages where you can easily find them like on the refrigerator, or near the door, or on your doorstep, to remind yourself of what you’d like to change.” I love this. I’ve tried to do this in the past with things like my TIU Inspiration Board. I think I have even more room to leave myself these notes.

katekatebear tone it up inspiration board

I’m going to start working on changing habits RIGHT NOW and continue…I’ll check in soon!

I know we’re all this together…What habits would you like to break? What habits would you like to start? What are you planning to do to make the changes?