Remember your habit for June? How did it go?
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I‘m genuinely excited about starting this new month, because except for a week-long family vacation, it should be the most “normal” month we’ve had since April. It’s not an excuse, but it is a reason for why it’s been challenging for me to give habit-changing the focus I want. Nonstop house guests have made it difficult at best to focus on improvement.
When I first wrote about the benefit of replacing negative habits with positive ones, I brought up the well-known idea that if you do something regularly for a consistent amount of time, it should morph into a habit. And since months are conveniently around 30 days, I thought it would be a good idea for Simple Mom readers to declare a habit focus for each month this year.
So what one area do you want to focus on in July? What do you want to change in your life?
Here are possible areas in your life that could possibly benefit from a habit change – maybe these will trigger some ideas:
- your physical health
- your relationship with God
- your relationship with your spouse
- money management
- decluttering and/or organizing your home
- how you spend your free time
- a dormant hobby
- your sleep patterns
- cleaning your house
- green living
- your spending patterns
Remember, habit change works best when you don’t do too much at once – this is why it’s good to only have one habit focus per month. It’s great that you want to train for a marathon, balance your checkbook daily, spend 30 minutes every day reading a book, and go to bed at 10 p.m. But to begin all those things at once – well, it just smacks of failure. Give yourself a winning start by doing one thing at a time.
My Habit Focus for July
My youngest is six months old as of this weekend, and I’m ready to reclaim by body. I do really well physically when I log my food intake, so my habit focus for July is to find an ideal food log site that works well for me, and to log my food and drink intake daily. I already know about My Food Diary, Spark People, and The Daily Plate, but if you have anything to recommend from personal experience, I’m all ears!
Zen Habits has an excellent article on 13 things to avoid when changing habits, which might give you further inspiration.
It’s your turn – what’s your habit focus for July? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section, or if you want to declare your plans on your own blog, don’t forget to let us know the link! Let’s be an encouragement for each other. Putting your goals in writing always helps.