Between reading Better Than Before* by Gretchen Rubin and the upcoming start of The 100 Day Project by Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to cultivate new habits and why some habits are easier to stick to than others.
For instance, every morning I wake up, grab my phone and spend 15-30 minutes scrolling through social media as I wait for my daughter to get up. Not necessarily the best use of my time, but a daily habit nonetheless. I’ve also recently gotten into the habit of sitting down at my desk when my daughter goes down for her afternoon nap to sketch and paint a face of someone that inspires me. And if I don’t get it in then, I do it as soon as she goes to bed for the night.
Then there are the habits that are much harder to stick to, like getting up and doing yoga or filling out my 5-Minute Journal* first thing in the morning instead of reaching for my phone. Or drinking more water throughout the day. For whatever reason, those habits stick for a day or two before I resort back to my old behaviors or just skip them altogether.(more…)