Creating New Habits: Part 1 (Change is Hard)

I'm working on building a number of new habits all at the same time. (Probably not the best way to do this, but whatever.) So it turns out, developing new habits is pretty tough stuff, which is why just about all New Year's Resolutions end up in the trash heap of Good Intentions. 

 

HERE'S SOME HABITS I'M CURRENTLY WORKING ON:

 

Waking up early

I am so not a morning person, as anyone who knows me well can attest to, but I'm trying. 

Good God, I'm trying. 

I recently read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and am in the process of reading The 5AM Miracle by Jeff Sanders, and I must say, their arguments are compelling. Essentially, they both advocate to wake up early and get some sh*t accomplished before the time you'd usually get up. Getting stuff done early make you feel great. And based on the times I've actually dragged myself out of bed to do some of the stuff I've planned, it's true. It really is a great way to start the day. And I'm tons more productive on the days I get up early compared to the days I wait until my five-year-old personal alarm clock bounces into my bed demanding snuggles and breakfast (in that order). 

I've got to become more consistent about it, though. 

 

Starting a new business

This is something I've been working on for at least 7-8 months now. My business, UpSprout Studio, is a combo of web design, copywriting, branding, and training services. I'm looking to work with female entrepreneurs/small business owners who know they need to establish an online presence for their business, but are intimidated by tech stuff and don't know where to begin. I help them out by setting up a Squarespace website for them, complete with visual branding and copywriting, and then teaching them, via live videoconferencing, how to manage their own website.

Now I just need clients. {insert tumbleweed blowing across the screen here}

But until I get booked out at least a few months in advance, I'm working on all the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes along with creating a brand-new business: things like setting up workflows, writing templates, taking online courses to improve my skills, reading as much as possible about topics related to entrepreneurship, looking for clients, and oh yeah, working on my own website.

Plus I'm trying to adjust my daily routine to accommodate my business work in addition to all the other stuff I do, which hasn't been an easy transition, lemme tell ya. 

(You may be thinking, Why is she attempting to start a business and a blog at the same time? Answer: Because I'm me, that's why, and that's the sort of crazy sh*t I do.)

 

Writing consistently

I attempted NaNoWriMo this year, although I don't write fiction, so instead of writing a novel in a month, I planned to write blog posts every day for a month (and post at least 3 times a week). Welp, given the paucity of blog posts here, let's just say it was not exactly *ahem* a rousing success. But all is not lost! I'm not giving up on my goal of writing 3–4 blog posts a week (2 for this blog, 2 for my business blog). 

 

Exercising every day

I'm trying to re-establish my running routine (3–4 days a week), establish a solid yoga practice (at least 3 classes a week), and on my "off" days, do something to get my body moving (ex. take a walk). Essentially, I just need to get off my ass and move. Right now, I'll take just about any kind of movement. Just MOVE.

 

Meditating every day

This one is actually going pretty well. I enjoy meditating––I always feel better after doing it. I typically listen to guided meditations, which I find helpful because they give my mind something to focus on. I know the point of meditation is to get your mind to stop thinking, in a sense, but for me at this point in my meditative practice, I need a crutch, and guided meditation is that crutch. 

 

Better personal hygiene 

OK, that one sounds gross, but don't get all judgy on me. Hear me out. I'm not a disgusting pile of filth, I assure you. BUT––and this is an important caveat––when I'm slipping into a depression, my daily hygiene habits slide. I'll go to sleep with makeup still on my face, I'll put off a shower until tomorrow, or I'll be "too tired" to brush my teeth at night (when it gets to that point, it's a clear warning sign that something's up and needs to be addressed ASAP). Developing a more intentional daily hygiene routine is something I believe will help me avoid that decline––or if it does happen, I'll at least notice it sooner. 

 

SO HOW AM I WORKING TO ESTABLISH THESE NEW HABITS?

I've found the key to getting myself to actually DO these things lies within what seems to be a pretty simple solution . . . which I'll talk about in tomorrow's blog post. (Cliffhanger!)

 

 

OH YEAH . . . . ALMOST FORGOT TO ASK!

What habits––or (seeing as we're almost to a new year) New Year's resolutions––are you trying to implement in your life? How's it going so far? I really want to know! Leave a comment below and tell me what you're trying to change. (We need to support each other, you guys!)