That’s how long someone once said that it takes to form a habit.
Studies have now been done that show it takes somewhere more like 2-8 months, depending on the habit. Nothing miraculous is going to happen at day 21 that is life changing.
Either way, you can’t get started doing good things and making positive changes unless you start with day ONE so….
Here are some things that I’m working on right now. Some of them I should have been doing all the time (ahem…. #1) but I’m a work in progress in every area of my life.
#1 Making the bed.
I feel so accomplished when my bed is made before I leave the room. I also think that I sleep better in a bed that is nice and straight.
Before I quit working full time, I had to leave for work about 6:30 a.m. and I just couldn’t seem to get this little task done before heading out the door. Now that I’m doing it, I realize it actually only takes about two minutes. Sigh.
#2 Drinking more water.
I have a 30 oz cup and I try to fill it three times throughout the day. I am trying to adjust to drinking plain water but I do prefer a flavor packet or lemon added. My search now is to find a flavor packet that does not contain aspartame.
#3 Walking more.
I am trying to walk at least 7,000 steps a day. For some of you, that may seem like nothing. For others, it may seem like a lot. I encourage you to track your steps for a while just to see where you are measuring in your daily steps. I had a Fitbit but it was lost in the flood. I have recently bought a cheap knock off and it has worked just as well.
My husband and I also walk a mile a day using one of the Leslie Sansone videos that is available through you tube. We started with this slow one and now prefer this one by her walking partner, Nick.
I prefer walking outside when the weather cooperates. A little pavement therapy always lifts my spirit!
#4 Being positive.
I am working, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to take my thoughts captive. I am prone to worry but I am so thankful to say that I have been able to remove much of that anxiety from my life.
I’ve also had to make some changes in who I choose to engage in long conversations. Some people are just more likely to pass worry on to me. I have been convicted that worry is a sin and I am thankful that I have made some progress in that area.
#5 Cutting out Processed Foods.
I know. I know. It’s the latest trend and the food pyramid is deceptive. Everyone is counting carbs. That being said, I do feel much better when I cut out the processed food. We are certainly not Whole 30 around here but we aren’t eating the Little Debbie cakes either.
I’ve made progress on this in a few ways. I’m too frugal to waste money. Enrolling in our CSA and paying for it up front forces me to cook and eat more vegetables.
#6 Saying no.
This is a new one for me and it might sound a bit pessimistic. I mean, shouldn’t we search out opportunities and just go for them?
For the past month, we haven’t been home much during “home” schooling. I said yes to so many things and our calendar filled quickly. They were good things but they took time, energy, and resources that just left me feel overwhelmed.
Since recognizing this, I have tried to say no to things that don’t align with our mission. I left the hustle and bustle two years ago with the hope of creating a calm, peaceful day. I have to be careful not to get sucked back into the rat race mindset.
I’m always a work in progress. I know that there are many areas in which I could improve. Baby steps. 🙂
What about you? Anything new that you are working into (or out of) your life?