Take a Look At Your Daily Habits and Practices
Your daily habits and practices help keep you on track for your best life.
We have found that by using the strategy of intentionally creating good habits is quite simple when we practice until we are doing it automatically.
Your daily routines are simply the activities you do each day, in a certain order or sequence.
Most people are not even aware of their habits and practices because they just do them by accident and on autopilot.
But understanding more about what you do and why you do it can help tremendously in making positive changes.
To live a more intentional life doesn’t require grand actions, but small daily habits and slight changes to your daily routine.
Your daily intentional habits will allow you to live with more purpose and more joyfully.
Make a List of Your Daily Habit and Practices
Before you can figure out if you need to adjust your practices each day, you need to understand what they consist of right now.
You have habits, whether you realize it or not, from how you get ready in the morning to what you do after you get off work.
Take some time to journal out what your habits are.
Here are some of the best times of the day to write about, if you’re not sure where to start:
• What you do when you first get up in the morning
• Your routine when getting ready for work
• Your lunch break routine at work
• The afternoon routine after picking up kids from school
• Your bedtime routine
• Your weekend routine
Write as many details as you can, paying close attention to certain tasks you always get done, but also tasks that seem to be missing.
Is There Anything Missing?
Once you have the list of your daily habits and practices, you can see if anything is missing.
• What do you feel like you are not spending enough time on?
• What habit do you want to add to part of your routine?
When you wrote down your daily routines, you probably saw some things missing.
Maybe you noticed that spending time with your family isn’t happening often enough, you have no downtime, you are not eating well, you are not getting in any exercise in your day or you keep forgetting to drink water first thing in the morning.
It doesn’t matter what it is, but if it’s important to you, the life reset is when you must start figuring these habits out.
Do You Have Habits That Don’t Benefit You?
I’m betting we all do. These are things we don’t even realize we are doing. These are the habits and practices that you will want to begin to notice. There is no need to feel bad about these habits at this point. The noticing is vital to your life reset.
It is the tiny steps that bring your big changes. We have found as we were adding the new intentional habits they helped us to eliminate those habits that weren't serving us in our daily routine much easier than if we just tried to eliminate the bad habit. It is much easier to add a new good habit.
So, maybe you have noticed that every day when you get home from work, you spend over an hour just browsing social media on your phone, rather than putting on your sneakers and getting out for a walk?
Notice if this is causing you to lose time for other more important things, begin to change this habit by limiting social media time, and adding something else in its place.
An effective way to begin intentionally create your habits and practice is to set a timer, for example, if after work you want to use your phone for 20 minutes, once the timer goes off, then get up to make a real food snack, go for a walk, or write in your journal. In a short period of time, you will be putting on your sneakers automatically and getting out for a walk.
Share any ideas that might be helpful when looking at daily habits and practices in the comments.
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