When it comes to living an easy life, helpful habits are everything. In this episode Shannon and Janine discuss why good habits are important and how to create them.
Discussion topics include:
- How automating the mundane tasks frees your brain for more important things
- The challenge of creating and maintaining new habits
- Janine’s misguided compulsion to start creating new habits on the first day of the month
- The unwritten rules and beliefs we all have about habits
- How a good enough mindset can help in creating new habits (hint: take teeny tiny steps!)
- Some strategies for remembering new habits
- The power of chaining habits together into a routine
- Shannon’s gentle method for creating new habits
- Sticker charts — they’re not just for kids!
Tune in next week for our episode on overcoming bad habits!
- Shannon’s blog post that includes a picture of her training chart with orange hearts
- Janine’s blog post on the magic of linking new routines to old (warning: the blog post involves poop)
- The incredibly useful 3 Steps to New Habits from BJ Fogg of Stanford University
1 thought on “Episode 22: Creating Helpful Habits”
I am in the process of creating new habits. I wrote up routines for morning, after-work, and bedtime and printed them out each day. I check off each task as I do it and they are starting to become ingrained. I tried to put them in an order that made sense to me, that I would think of one after doing another, so that I would remember it in the future without having to print it out. I guess this is like Janine’s idea of linking one habit to another. As I fine-tune this list over the course of the rest of this month, adding tasks here and there, I am planning on printing it onto cardstock, laminating it, and then using Vis-a-Vis markers to check tasks off each day so that my marks will wipe off and I don’t waster paper (and especially ink!). I don’t have any place to put a sticker chart, but I do LOVE checking off those things as I do them. I find that I can’t even feel like starting my day without having checked off most things on my morning routine list.