What is next?
How amazingly satisfying it is to finish something fully to completion!! And while writing is something I really enjoy and even look forward to doing each day…. (well, most days) finishing this challenge strong has given me even more motivation to try something a bit harder for next month…
For 31 days.
I’m having pretty good success in a few other areas of my life… but exercise hasn’t been one of them.
So, for the next 31 days… I will challenge myself to exercise for at LEAST 30 minutes per day. Any kind of exercise. I will not put any other restrictions or requirements on it other than that. There are many ways I could make this challenge a LOT more difficult, but I want to make it easy to do something that I’m already really not going to want to do.
Write about a habit you are trying to change.
It’s fitting that this prompt came up today, as I am one chapter away from finishing the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. (Which, is a wonderfully FANTASTIC book that has already helped me reframe my ‘all-or-nothing’ way of thinking and has SIGNIFICANTLY impacted my W.O.T.Y. (word of the year) journey with PROGRESS. (Honestly, it helped me pick my WOTY in the first place!)
I have about 5 habits I’m actively working to change this summer:
- Wake up at 5:30 am. I prefer to sleep in much later… so right now, I’m working on waking up then. (I’m not even trying to be productive yet, the goal right now is just to get used to waking up.)
- Go to bed by 9:30 pm. This is almost more difficult than waking up early. I’m a chronic night owl. I LOVE staying up late. The house is so quiet and I don’t feel like I have to ‘beat the clock’… the way I do in the morning. (Because the rest of the family can wake up at any time.)
- Write/blog/journal every day. This 30 Day Writing Challenge has successfully motivated me to blog more consistently. But I want to be better about journaling more regularly too!
- Daily exercise. Between all of the exercise programs I own on DVD, and the treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bike we have in our basement, you would think this would be easy to get down there and start. However, finding more enticing motivation than the obvious intrinsic value of being healthy…. has proved difficult.
- Working on chores/projects in small chunks of time, daily. This has also been frustrating to even get started. The projects are BIG and feel overwhelming… and I know I just need to start. I’m hoping if I can make the work-chunk small enough and frequent enough, the progress will add up quickly.
I am using a combination of a habit tracker (a sheet of paper I can check off each day as I complete my new habit) as well as earning rewards after a certain number of days in a row. (Star Wars merch I’ve been wanting, Olive and June nail polish (it’s the BEST), etc, etc.)
I’m hopeful it will go well… but successful or not, I’ll update at the end of the summer!