Keeping up With (Good) Habits

Keeping up with habits can be quite a difficult proposition sometimes. In our convenience-filled world, it takes a lot of restraint to be able to pass over that snack that’s definitely out of the scope of your diet. Or to go to the gym when it’s much more comfortable to stay on the couch and watch the latest episode of The Blacklist on Netflix.

Take tonight, for instance. Tonight, the lazy part of my mind is telling me I should just relax in bed and read. Saying yes to that part of my mind would be easy, I can just pick up my Kobo and read, take the night off. I’ll write it tomorrow – maybe I’ll even write two posts tomorrow.

That insidious way of thinking is tempting – it’s why habits are so hard to keep. We tell ourselves it’s okay, we’ll do it next time. Next time, I might tell myself that I had a hard day at work, I need to ‘wind down’. Or maybe there’s a really good show on.

And if we don’t do it the next time, and the time after that, we tell ourselves it’s okay – we were never cut out to be [insert goal here].

 

The habits I want to keep up

It’s been said that writing these things down can help to achieve them. This is me doing so! Here are the habits that I am trying to keep up:

1) Go out and walk for at least 30 minutes per day

You may have seen this on the How to spend your time wisely post from last week. I want to do this to keep myself both healthy and happy – since daily exercise, and time outside, are very important for both health and happiness.

What am I doing to keep it up?

Sometimes it can be hard to get the motivation to walk, just for the sake of it. So I will give myself a reason to walk on a day when I don’t feel like it. I will tell myself that I really need to go to the post office to check on my postbox. That’s around a fifteen or twenty minute walk each way, so there’s my walking done for the day!

2) Learn basic Japanese before going to Japan

This one has an obvious end goal – I want to be able to easily speak with locals in Japan, and to be able to make my way around without too much difficulty (asking for directions, buying tickets or food, etc.)

What am I doing to keep it up?

Like you, I have a phone. I also pick it up much more than I should. So I’m training myself to open Memrise when I do, and that way I’m sneaking in at least a few minutes of learning per day. Today instead of browsing, I learnt how to order drinks! Delicious matcha here I come.

3) Write a blog post every 2 days

I’m not writing this blog for any monetary gain (no need to worry about ads from me!) Instead I am writing for personal fulfilment, and to write about the lessons I’ve learned from changes made in my life, for others who are looking to make changes to improve their own.

Still, I want to write every 2 days at least, because I know that if I make it less often than that, I am likely to forget about it and give up.

What am I doing to keep it up?

To keep my mind on the blog instead of browsing, I set up a redirect on my computer. Any time I try to load Reddit, I get redirected to WordPress. That way I see how many lovely people read my last post! It also stops my mindless browsing habits, and makes me think of something more productive instead.

4) Meditate every day

Around a month ago I began using Headspace to meditate daily. I have tried a few times previously to get into the habit, but have never managed to keep it up beyond a few days.

Why meditate? I have a tendency to beat myself up over things – mistakes big or small. On occasions I will remember something I said years earlier and it will sour my current mood. It’s a silly, terrible thing to do to yourself, but thinking your way out of it doesn’t do anything in the long-run. Meditation seems to be helping, at least in some small way, so it is now my goal to keep up the habit every day.

What am I doing to keep it up?

I don’t have any special tricks for this one. I have just tried my best to make it a part of my morning habit. As soon as I’m out of the shower (and dressed, don’t worry!) I will go and meditate for ten minutes. By doing it before I start the rest of my day, it means I don’t have to stop the flow of the day to do it, which has helped quite a bit in keeping it up. On days that I miss it in the morning schedule for some reason, it is much harder to do it later on.

 

What habit are you trying to keep up?

Let me know in the comments section, I’d love to hear about them! Writing it down can help, and I’d love to give some words of encouragement.

5 thoughts on “Keeping up With (Good) Habits

  1. Thank you for the wonderful post! The habit that I’m trying to keep up with is to keep writing for WordPress. The start of the month usually has me feeling lethargic and sometimes has me feeling like I should stop, but I’m fighting against that to stick to my habit of posting once a week!

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    1. That’s a great habit to keep up, and it’s excellent to push through those hard times! Best of luck with it, and I’ll be reading your posts when they come out.

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      1. Thank you so much! Your support for my blog tears me up inside 😭

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  2. I’m trying to keep up working out daily and watching at least one Spanish show a day to better my Spanish.

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    1. Those are excellent habits to keep up, and I wish you all the best with them! I like the idea of watching a show in the language you’re trying to learn – just listening to the language really helps with your fluency.

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