Some of the worst habits I have are the ones that have the largest impact on my day-to-day. Eating habits are a big one. Even the weeks when I have every intention of avoiding takeout and sticking to a set menu, the convenience of Chipotle and it’s counterparts usually sneaks up.
My sleeping habits have also started to suffer since Summer hit. Not adhering to a certain sleep element causes me to sleep in more, and not in a good way. Less sleep at night means less time in the mornings, which usually means spending money on coffee and skipping real breakfast, not taking lunch with me and buying out again.
The domino effect is real.
Turning away from some of my more solid routines is definitely starting to take a toll, and it’s time to nip it. For me, the key to changing or creating new habits always boils down to discipline, repetition and reward. We truly are creatures of habit –and what we repeatedly do and feel good about, over time, becomes our everyday routines and habits.
I’ve written before that creating goals on a daily, weekly and monthly basis has helped reshape my routines tremendously. So for the rest of this month, I’m really focusing on creating better consistent habits to fulfill an overall healthier lifestyle. I’m especially looking to improve my spending, eating and sleeping habits.
– Waking up at the same time, every morning.
– Make breakfast each morning.
– Avoid buying coffee, making it at home instead.
– Drink 12oz of water.
– Plan out meals for the week before grocery shopping (doesn’t this seem so obvious?!).
– Workout at least three days a week
– Have at least two meat free days each week (and try creative meals to keep things exciting).
– Finish two to three books each month from the bookshelf.
– Add a new staple piece to my wardrobe.
My favorite part about setting goals this way is watching how they redefine and reprioritize each month as new things take precedent and other things are accomplished.
What goals or habits are you focusing on forming or maintaining at the moment?