I used to think I was someone who would never eat breakfast. Not only do I despise eating in the morning, but I am also not a morning person so my routine after I reluctantly get out of bed is always rushed.
That said, over the past few months I’ve managed to work breakfast into my life because I started to make smoothies using a Nutribullet. For whatever reason, this appliance has helped me make a much-needed change in my life. Ingesting nutrients early in the morning leads to a more balanced, productive day.
But this post isn’t an advertisement for a blender. What I have been thinking about today is ways in which very small shifts in my lifestyle have led to new habits.
Another example: I used to only do yoga when I went to yoga class. At home, I very seldom managed to take my yoga mat out of the closet and do any yoga on my own. Then I realized that if I moved my bed three feet away from my windows, I’d have just enough space between the far wall of my bedroom and my bed to keep a yoga mat there all the time. And what’s crazy is just the small shift of not having to unroll and set up my yoga mat every time I want to practice has me using it all the time.
I tend to gravitate towards all-or-nothing solutions in my life. I’ll make a resolution to practice yoga every day, and then when I break that resolution I feel like a failure. This year, I’m focusing more on setting up my home, my schedule, my entire life, to make room for healthy habits.
For me, waking up at 7:30AM feels almost impossible most of the time. And yet. I still continue to tell myself this is when I should get up every single morning. To reframe this goal, I’m now realizing that I need to focus on being in bed by 9:30 and asleep by 10:30PM. Such a simple shift in mindset, and so blindingly obvious, but I never focused on bedtime in the past to try to rise earlier! Really. I’ve always known that was important, but the time I kept in my head was the AM time as opposed to the PM time in terms of what needed to change. Once I thought about what small shift would set me up for success in the morning, this became so obvious, that I needed to change my night routine to facilitate better mornings.
This year, I’m hoping to do more yoga, write more posts on this blog, read more books.
I love to read about how to form new habits and be my best, most productive self. Here are some of my all-time favorite books/blogs if you’re looking for some inspiration in 2015:
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
The Zen Habits Blog, Leo Babauta
Four Hour Work Week Blog, Tim Ferriss
Making Ideas Happen, Scott Belsky
One Small Step Can Change York Life: The Kaizen Way, Robert Maurer
Getting Things Done, David Allen (a classic)
(I’m just realizing these books are all written by men! Anyone out there have productivity gurus that are women? I’d love a more diverse list.)
Happy New Year!