Habit Project 2013: April Update

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Previously “We are what we repeatedly do.” — Aristotle The Habits Project New Year Habits My 2013 Habit Project List January Habit: Making My Bed February Habit: Write It Down, Right Away February & March Happy Home Habit: Make Eye Contact and Smile Habit Progress At the beginning of the year, I made a list of 10 habits to work on in 3 different areas: organization, parenting, and health. It’s a list of elementary things (like making my bed), not … Read More

February & March Happy Home Habit: Make Eye Contact and Smile

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In my Habits Project for 2013, I decided on 3 categories of habits: Health, Home, and Happiness. That’s the alliterative version. The more accurate titles would be Health, Organization, and Mothering. I picked the three aspects of my life right now upon which all others are built: my own physical stamina and energy, my ability to keep balls rolling and plates spinning, and my relationships with my children. The effectiveness of any other part of my life is dependent upon … Read More

February Habit: Write It Down, Right Away

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And now it’s February. For this year I’ve adopted a “habit plan” where I choose 1 habit each in 3 areas per month to work on, so I can gradually work back up to full steam after my last pregnancy and baby (who is now 3 months old). Several of these were habits I’ve either had before or tried before, and I am trying to keep them small and simple. In January I focused on making my bed, reading my … Read More

January Habit: Making My Bed

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I’ve written before about making my bed and why it is a goal worth pursuing, two and a half years ago, actually, and while I make my bed occasionally (which is a great improvement upon never, by principle), it is hardly a habit. This is the 7th of the month and I’ve had one week, 7 days, solid, in a row, of making my bed. Improvement. But why start with this habit, particularly under the “organization” category? First, I do … Read More

My 2013 Habit Project – Simply Convivial

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So, having developed why I chose to focus on organization, atmosphere, and health in 2013 and also the nature of habits, now we come to the details. Here’s my list. Habits for an Organized Home Make my bed. Always write it down right away in RTM, EN, or Google Calendar. Look at RTM, Cal, & Daily Docket before breakfast, during lunch, & before bed. Set three goals per day, during breakfast; tell someone. Put it away, don’t put it down. … Read More

New Year Habits – Simply Convivial

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I’ve made resolutions for the new year for 3 or 4 years running now, not only tracking them throughout the year, but even checking in on them publicly at year’s end and admitting how [poorly] I did. I have, in years past, tried to make my goals projects or tasks that can be checked off and accomplished during the year, but there always seems to be one or two that are really aspirations more than projects. I have an aspiration … Read More

The Habits Project

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Gretchen Rubin, in The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, spent a year pursuing the topic and the practice of happiness. She picked an area of focus each month and consciously worked on projects and habits related to that focus. What she focused on in January, I will focus on all year: Boost Energy. She did this by going to bed … Read More