Every once in a while I try to bring new habits into my life. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my mindset whether it’s in my personal life or my career. Recently, there are 5 habits that I want to bring into my life more often. I know habits aren’t something that you can just develop overnight so I want to start making active steps towards doing the following on a regular basis.
1. Stop writing lists and just do.
I have such an incredibly bad habit of writing list but making them so long that they’re actually unachievable. What’s the point? The other day, instead of writing a to-do list of things I needed to get done, I just got on and did them. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few things I didn’t finish or have time to do but I really felt like I had achieved something. I couldn’t see a visual representation of how much I had to do and it actually spurred me on to do more and concentrate.
Being such a forgetful person, I’ll still make notes of things I want to get done but I’m going to try avoiding task lists, especially for blog related items. I’ll set reminders for items I know I’ll forget about once the weekend comes around. I don’t think I’ll be able to necessarily apply this to my working life as much yet but it’s something I’d like to work towards in my personal life.
2. Practice positive manifestation.
This is something I’ve been trying to actively bring into my life as you’ve probably realised from my body positivity post. I strongly believe that having a positive mindset and believing that you can do something will help your journey so much better. When you’re thinking positively about a situation or a goal you want, picture the outcome you want in your head and say it out loud. I know this will feel really strange the first couple of times you do it, but it has helped when I have tried it out. I want to bring this habit into my life whenever I can, not just for body positivity.
3. Keeping active every day.
This is something I’m getting a lot better with especially since having flexible working hours. I’ve always preferred going to the gym super early in the morning because it’s quieter. Now I’m able to finish work at 4pm, be in the gym for 4.30pm and out within the next hour. I can get to better classes too so I’m trying to go to ones that I haven’t been to before.
I’m moving in a few months and will have to drive to work so this is the most important habit I want to bring into my life. Currently, I have a fifteen-minute walk into the centre which gets my heart rate going a little before sitting down at a desk all day. Weather dependent, I might try to park a few streets away from the office still so I can still get a little walk in. Plus, I’ll save money on parking which brings me to my next point.
4. Spend less, save more.
Curt and I will be moving into an empty apartment/house which means we will have to buy furniture. With that in mind, I’m making a conscious effort to actually put a chunk aside each month. If I start saving now, Christmas and moving will be so much less stressful. I’m trying to be more conscious of what I’m spending at work in the week and not buy snacks on my lunches.
After having a few expensive months with weddings and holidays, the ability to be able to save money again is a massive weight off my shoulders. You never know when you might need a little extra one month and with Christmas only a little further around the corner (yay!), I’d rather be prepared.
I’ve also actively started trying to use my Monzo card more and more. I transfer my budget for the week and make it last, most of the time. I like that I can see the category of places I’ve been spending my money. For example; how much I’ve spent on groceries, shopping, eating out, etc. It also rounds up your spending into a separate pot to help you save every time you use it.
5. Start a new hobby.
Now, to be honest, I’m always starting new hobbies but never sticking to them. I’ve tried embroidery, baking, bullet journalling, pole dancing, etc. You name it, I’ve probably started it with the attempt of making it one of my habits. I’ve always been a bit flaky with hobbies, as you can probably tell with my blogging, but I really want to have a passion again.
I’m intending this new hobby of mine to be blogging once again. However, every time I say that I ended up feeling blasé about it after a few months again. So I’m going to leave it pretty open. I just want a hobby to become one of the natural habits that I do without even thinking. That doesn’t involve binge-watching a series on Netflix.
I know that some of these habits are going to be easier to take on than others. Everything is easier in little steps and it’s important to remember why I want to achieve these things. Ultimately, I believe that the more you challenge yourself, the more you better yourself in life. Set yourself little habits and achieve your bigger dreams and goals more easily. What are your positive habits?