Forming New Habits

Well hello again. I said I would be back to write more often this year…so far so good. I wanted to take a minute to write about habits. I mentioned that I feel 2019 is going to be “my year” because I have more specified goals with plans to execute them. Many of my goals are to form good habits that will help me be more organized, feel better, etc. They say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. I don’t know if that works in every case but we’re gonna believe it for math’s sake. If there are 52 weeks in a year and you divide that by the 3 weeks to form a habit, then you should be able to form about 17 new habits in a year, right? This might be true, assuming that the whole 3 weeks thing is legitimate and you form one habit after another successfully. I doubt I will come close to 17 habits so I’m not going to even stress myself out over it. My goal for 2019 is to form 10 new GOOD habits. I’m focusing more on the quality of my habits than the quantity of them. I want them to last. If I reach the end of 2019 having only formed 7 habits that are making positive changes in my life, then I still accomplished my goal. I’ve realized that I have tried tackling too many habits at once making it hard to establish them. I need to focus on one at a time. My plan is to make a list of habits I want to form then put them in order of importance to me. I will then tackle one by one. Also, say two of my goals are to get more sleep and read a book at night. Sleep is way more important (at least to me) so I would focus on that goal. However, while I’m focusing on my sleep habit, I can also start reading books but I WON’T stress over it if I miss a day or two because that’s not the habit I’m working on. I’m hoping this logic makes sense and will work. I am nowhere near a habit expert (obviously) but all I can do is try it out and see. Either I form new habits or I’m back to where I am now. Also, I’m starting off the year with 10 habit goals but if during the year I encounter a new habit I would like to form and there’s one on my list I don’t, then no biggie! I’ll just do a little switcheroo. 2019 is about more productivity and less stress. Anyway, here’s my list for you to enjoy and for future reference (now I can’t use “losing my list” as an excuse ;)) :

  1. Exercise (I know this is the most cliché thing to want to start doing in a new year but I still need to do it)
  2. Discover and establish a skin care routine (I have Keratosis Pilaris and I would love to find a routine that would finally help with this)
  3. Drink more water (again…cliché…need to do it)
  4. Stop biting my nails (I have done this for as long as I can remember. I have tried to  stop in the past but it obviously didn’t work or I wouldn’t be dealing with it now)
  5. Floss (okay another common one…but I’m tired of sensitive gums and blood everywhere)
  6. Use my planner (I have a nice planner that every few weeks I will add one task to. I want to actually start using my planner to plan my life so I can be a little more productive)
  7. Clean more (my plan here is to clean something everyday even if it’s picking up one shirt off my floor…I already know this won’t happen everyday but I can dream right?)
  8. Daily devotion (I want to either start or end my day with some words of wisdom whether it be scripture or lifestyle or both)
  9. One positive thing a day (I want to start either telling myself {at least} one good thing about myself or complimenting others every day. I want to put a smile on someone’s face and some days it might need to be my own :))
  10. Read more books (I’m the worst reader on the planet. I try to read books and I have so many on a shelf collecting dust. I don’t know why I suck so bad at it haha. I want to try to read a little more {voluntarily anyway})

I hope you all have awesome obstacles you’re tackling in 2019 to better yourselves and I wish you the best of luck!!!

Later taters! 🥔✌🏻      – Kayla xx

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