What new habit do you wish to develop?

Saturday, March 02, 2013

For the Winter/Spring 5% challenge, I'd like to develop a new habit. While it may have nothing to do with losing weight, it also has everything to do with losing weight. I want to make a habit of doing things that need to be done. I have a tendency to procrastinate.

I'll put of exercising until "later" and then later never comes. I'll put off doing the clothes until I don't have anything clean that is decent to wear outside, so it becomes an all day affair, when doing it regularly could keep it to an hour or so. I push off homework until almost the last minute, then I rush to get it done. Heck, I have even succeeded in putting off our doctors appointment that was for Monday until May (But that DOES have a good reason and a whole 'nother blog). I put off planing a wedding ceremony. I've put off taxes even though I have had everything I need for three weeks.

This would be a very valuable tool. It will be hard. But nothing worth having is easy...isn't that what they say? Wish me luck.
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    I've been working on developing some new habits too! I figure that a lot of the things we automatically do (brushing teeth, washing hands before eating) was once an unpleasant task (not unlike exercise).

    So what has worked well for me is to add exercise into my morning routine. I basically say to myself, "I have to do my abdominal exercises and it will keep my stomach from hanging out all day and embarrassing me." This is motivating enough to get me to do crunches before getting fully dressed in the mornings. I've added a few more exercises into the morning routine and am now up to 70 crunches every morning! It just feels like if we can convince ourselves that exercising isn't an unpleasant chore but a necessary part of our day, it is effortless and we can just go on automatic when we do it!

    1845 days ago
    Would it help you to make lists? Some days for me, I put "Take a shower" on my list, just so I can feel good about crossing things off. emoticon
    For example, it sounds like you know what you need to do, so try making a list with a Sparkpeople baby-steps approach. Like with the taxes, pick one tiny, simple thing you can do to get ready (Get DH's SSN handy, or whatever) and then you can cross it off. For me, the crossing off is the best part!
    1845 days ago
    I love your new habit! I need to adopt that as well! Wishing you much success. Can't wait to see your strategies for this as I may need to copy you! emoticon
    1846 days ago
    From a fellow procrastinator, I wish you very good luck! This is such a good habit to develop for all facets of life!

    1846 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am chanting this in my head like the little engine that could! emoticon From one procrastinator to another...praying for you! This is a tough one! But YOU can do it! Have you thought about doing your exercise first thing in the morning? I'm actually thinking about making that my habit to work on. It is hard, but in the past when I did it I felt so much better! Just remember... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1846 days ago
    procrastination is a tough one....wishing you much success on that.
    1846 days ago
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