The Habit Life

The Habit Life

Happy Summer!

It’s a gorgeous day out there and I’m very excited to be headed to the golf course this evening for 9 holes.

I’m able to make the time last minute to do this because of the daily habits I’ve developed over the last two years.

I feel like I do live the habit life. Anything that I want to become a part of me or a part of my life…gets developed into a habit.

Some taking longer than others. And some still require a reminder such as a calendar event. Others have developed and become second nature.

You can find a lot of information on forming habits these days. I’ve got a couple of books on my Amazon wishlist.

I like James Clear’s version of developing habits because it is easy for me to remember:

The 3 R’s of Habit Change

Every habit you have — good or bad — follows the same 3–step pattern.

  • Reminder (the trigger that initiates the behavior)
  • Routine (the behavior itself; the action you take)
  • Reward (the benefit you gain from doing the behavior)

Here are a couple of examples I have put in place to make my life simpler.

Mailing Monthly Cards

  • I have a calendar reminder scheduled for the 20th of every month.
  • I buy the birthday & holiday cards that I need to mail out to my family the following month.
  • My family receives their card on time!

Gym Check In

  • I arrive at the gym for my workout.
  • I check in for the session and on Facebook using the charity hashtag for the month.
  • I register as taking the class and count toward the charity for each check in.

Water Bottle

  • I’m getting ready to leave the house…for anything.
  • I fill a water bottle (or sometimes two!).
  • I have my water with me at all times.

I have a ton of other ones that have helped me ensure I get done all of the critical tasks of the day. I feel successful when I get that list done and know that I can enjoy the rest of my evening.

What habits do you have in your life? Which ones support your goals? Which ones do not?

I have a couple of habits that aren’t the most positive for my goals as well. I manage the routine portion of the habit as best as possible.

Best example of this situation…Reds games. It seems that I get very hungry and very thirsty every time I walk in the ballpark…even if we ate beforehand!

I try to make the best decisions I can, but always strive to enjoy the game.

I have learned to embrace the habit life because it helps me get things done that are important to me. I’m aware of all my habits and continually look to improve them.

Are you read to habitify your life? Let us know how we can help!

 

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