Creating New Habits/Getting Rid of Bad Ones

I’m reading a book called Atomic Habits by James clear.  It’s about making small changes over time, persistently and by using specifics instead of vague wording.  There’s a lot more to the book than just this of course and I highly recommend it.

Anyway for example instead of  having a goal stating “I want to lose weight” a much more refined specific version would be something like “I will work out for 30 minutes after my morning cup of coffee”  I find this stuff interesting because I’ve been trying to implement good habits into my life and get rid of bad ones.

So here are some habits I’m trying to add into my life.

.Draw more – I will draw/or at least begin a drawing every morning while I have my morning cup of coffee for at least 25 minutes.

Exercise – I will take a walk in the mornings after breakfast and in the afternoon after lunch.

Food – I will sit at my kitchen table when I eat instead of eating mindlessly standing up or in my room.  I will not have more than 2 caffeinated cups of coffee a day (it causes anxiety and insomnia for me) I will eat some sort of vegetables at least once a day.

Cleaning:  I will sweep the floor every evening after dinner.  I will mop/vacuum the floors on Saturdays.

 

Anxiety and Productivity

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The picture has nothing to do with the post, it’s just a pic I took at a fair a long time ago of a Ferris wheel 🙂

Hello! I figured out something that helps me stick to doing the things I need to do and or want to do during the day.  Writing them down in my journal.  I used to just list stuff on one of my phone apps but I find for this particular problem writing them down physically is very helpful.  It holds me accountable in a way because I’ll look back in my journal and realize if I’ve been slacking or not and it helps keep me motivated.  Sometimes days just get a way from me and a lot of time is spent thinking about things I need or want to do but never actually getting anything done.  I tend to be much more productive this way.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of agitation and anxiety lately.  Not really sure why, but it’s been hard to deal with.  This seems to happen a lot in the spring/summer months for me.  Might also be from having significantly less caffeine lately. Last night was very rough and I was having some very negative thoughts.  I ended up putting on my electric candle melter (scentsy) and reading a few stories out of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Miracles.  I had a cup of chamomile tea also. After that I played Stardew Valley for awhile, which is extremely relaxing by the way!

I’m hoping I can become more productive over the summer.  Just getting basic things done is a good starting point. I have a habit of putting things off for way too long due to anticipatory anxiety.  I get apprehensive about almost everything, haven’t dealt with that for a long time.  For several years I was on top of my game but anxiety has been taking over the past few months. I’m also working on improving my ability to concentrate by reading for longer periods of time, and not letting myself check my phone or anything.  I started using the productivity app Habitica, it’s kind of like an RPG style way to track your habits, you level up with certain amounts of points and can get stuff for your avatar with the coins you earn, it’s really a lot of fun!

Does anyone else have any other productivity tips or ways to develop good habits?

Thanks for reading!