Friday, November 30, 2012

Making a Habit "Stick"

New Year is just around the corner.One month from now. But why wait to start a good thing?

Funny thing, it's not in the planning or even in the starting. It's sticking with it- therein lies the rub! 
That's how it is for me anyway...let me tell you!

   I can get a little excited when I read about a new method of doing a particular thing. I begin the Google process,one window leading to the next till I am buried in websites. I used to go to the library and find a book on the subject .Now I can actually just go on Kindle Store and in moments I have a book in my kindle library (only if it's a steal of a deal!) for me to read about, " how to" form this good habit my life. 
This is the part I like,the research, reading the books, taking notes &  figuring out how this method is going to work.

The next thing I know it's a week later and  I come across the information I had gathered and  wonder why I am still struggling in that area.Well , maybe because I never kept up with it- ya think? 
 I've never been formally diagnosed with ADD but there are times when would be kind of nice to blame it on that!  I think sometimes it's just pure scatterbrained,disorganized thoughts. 

Hhhmm I wonder if there is a plan out there to organize thoughts?

It is the last day of November. Tomorrow starts a brand new month,a clean slate.A good time to start a new habit.
 First, let me say I am a pro  "yak shaver". So,this is going to be a REAL challenge!

 Here is the challenge for me.......Drum roll please....

I will have more productive days.I will reach this goal by not only making  lists but actually working on them.I will pick a chore and work on that for at least 1/2 hr. without "Yak Shaving" in other words ,becoming sidetracked.
  They say it takes 14 days to form a habit,surely I can do this for that long. 

Daily Docket 

(I found this "Daily Docket" printable daily organizer on Simple Mom blog.)
 I read somewhere that you should pick a chore and spend at least 15  uninterrupted minutes accomplishing it. So I will try to implement these 2 things,plus other ideas to accomplish this goal.

I heard this just the other day;
  Success = 20% knowledge and 80% behavior"

I say I need to learn behavioral skills!

Is there anything you want to challenge yourself with? It's not New Years yet but let's get started a month early! :)

Endurance.... persistence...self control....

I leave you with a verse to ponder;
"Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, that you may share the divine nature and escape from the world’s immorality that sinful craving produces.
This is why you must make every effort to add moral excellence to your faith; and to moral excellence, knowledge; AND TO KNOWLEDGE, SELF CONTROL; and to self-control, ENDURANCE; and to endurance, godliness; and to godliness, affection for others; and to affection for others, love. If all these are yours and they are growing in you, they’ll keep you from becoming inactive and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:4-8 CEB