Do you have daily habits? Things you do every day to boost your health, your creativity, your relationships, your business?
Positive daily habits can be a huge factor in your success. They can determine how quickly you move forward to achieve your goals.
The reason positive habits work so well is that making even just a little headway every day builds momentum and establishes steady progress. Within weeks, or months, a small step or two a day can yield real and significant results.
But, daily habits can also start to feel like a chore. Especially when you’ve racked up a lot of them.
If you have four 15-minute habits, that’s an hour of your day. A well-spent hour. But it can make the rest of the day feel tighter… and that can lead to the temptation to let your habits go… you know, just for a day or two. Except it’s hardly ever just for a day or two.
It’s better to stick with those habits. And that’s easier to do when they don’t feel like just another thing that needs to be crossed of your list.
That chore-like feeling happens to me sometimes with meditation and with my daily Spanish practice.
These are things I want to do. These are things I see a clear benefit from, especially when I do them every day.
But when I have deadlines stacking up and new projects already scheduled, and I’m not sure how I’m going to get it all done, taking a 10-minute break to do my Spanish lesson can feel like a big ask.
And on those kind of days, I’m a little grumpy when I sit down to do my meditation because my to-do list is long, and the day already feels too short.
But, here’s the thing… those daily habits you’ve set out for yourself, you’ve chosen them for a reason… because of the change they will help to create… and hopefully, because you enjoy them.
You don’t want to lose sight of those things.
The way around that, at least for me, is to pause, take a deep slow breath, and remind myself that I’m not doing the habit in front of me because I have to. I’m doing it because I choose to.
And then I’ll remind myself why I choose to… the benefit and change that habit is producing.
It might go something like this… I’m choosing to meditate now because I know it will reduce my stress and increase my focus. My work during the day will be better and easier because of the 10 minutes I spend now.
Or for Spanish… I’m choosing to practice my Spanish now because it’s a fun and satisfying break from my work, because I enjoy learning the language, and because on some date in the future, I will spend a month or more in a country where this is the native language, and it will be a richer trip for my efforts.
That quick breath and quick reminder about why I’m making the choice I am can reframe something that has begun to feel like a chore into something that is relaxing, productive, and fun.
Give it a try and see how it works for you.
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