Change is an ongoing part of life that can make it more demanding than ever. Even though it wasn't suppose to be this way.
I remember when the computer was to save so much time and when there was to be a 40 hour week. Yes, the use of a computer does save time. However, the following many technology inventions allows us to work 24/7. Think about the last time you had a leisurely day or evening. Unless you consciously plan to take a tech break, it is hard to not feel like there is always something to do.
Of course there is value in the multitude of technology options available. There are very few people that want to go back to the 1980s. Yet, it's important to find ways to protect your energy so you are able to enjoy the things in life that you value. I'm thinking of time for relationships with people you love and care about, self-care, and doing things that bring joy into your life. This is where habits can be helpful.
For instance, most of us keep a "to do list" (written or mental) of things that need to be done each day or week. Typically, we accomplish a few things on our list on a good day. Then we add the things that did not get done to the next day's list. Most lists tend to get longer and longer as time goes on.
Establishing a habit can save you mental energy. (And who among us doesn't want more energy? It's certainly not me.)
A habit is something you do in the same time and usually place on a regular basis. Exercise is a good example of a habit. Personal hygiene is often another. This mental energy can then be used for other important things.
Yes, it takes a while to establish a habit. You need to be willing to give yourself six to eight weeks. Sometimes it takes less time, but you do need to commit to a block of time to develop a habit. Once you make the commitment to developing a habit, you are ready for the next step.
Your commitment might be something like creating a morning routine of finishing one task on your list before the morning is over. You need to choose something from your list that fits the time you have available that morning. Sometimes it will be a task that needs to be done that day. Usually, completing a task from your list gives you a feeling of accomplishment. This positive feeling increases your motivation to move forward to other things that need to be done that day.
Establishing a habit is effective because you don't have to keep remembering to do it. The feeling of relief that comes when you complete something increases your energy supply instead of depleting it. That is what happens when you keep reminding yourself thoughout the day of your "to do list."
A habit no longer depletes your energy spent on self-control (reminding yourself of the tasks on your list). Think about how little mental energy you spend on other habits in your life that need to be done – brushing your teeth, getting dressed, any routine cleaning task, or daily exercise.
For instance, New Year's resolutions are more likely to be kept if you find a way to make them a habit. Think about what part of one of your resolutions could be done on a daily basis at a time that works best for you. Make it a habit until you accomplish your goal, and you will have energy for other important things in your life.
How might this idea work for you? If you are looking for ways to make your life meaningful, let's talk. Email me for a complimentary Lifestyle Transition Conversation to ensure your life is all you want it to be.
Until next time,