Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Outfit 55/61: Black and White Tank, Chambray Skirt & Espadrilles + Habit Formation

I've mentioned that I'm working on developing some new habits and redeveloping some old ones. Why? Habits can make life easier. If something is a habit, you don't have to think about it or decide what to do - you just automatically do it. Forming the habit could take a lot of effort, but once it's in place, it saves you from struggling with the same decision, day after day. 

A few that I'm working on are:

1. Clean up the kitchen every night before bed. I love getting up to a clean kitchen and starting the day more pleasantly.

2. Go to bed early! I'm still working on this one. I would love to be asleep at 10:00 every night and get up at 6:00 in the morning. Then I could exercise while the kids are still asleep, make coffee, eat breakfast, and have a little quiet time by myself before everyone else gets up. 

Some mornings, when I'm hungry and need to take care of myself, but I have to take care of the kids first, and they're crying, whining, and demanding, "Mommy hold me!" "When are you going to get my milk?" "I want the other red cup!" I feel like my whole day is ruined. I miss SO MUCH getting up and starting my day in a happy way. If I get up before the rest of my family, I could have that again. I could eat breakfast and have a cup of coffee, which both increase my patience and good humor immensely. I could have some time to take care of myself before the kids need me. Going to sleep earlier could have a really nice impact on my life, and I'm determined to develop this habit. 

3. Going for a walk every day. It's frustrating to get the kids to go along - sometimes they just won't go. If they will go, they often want to ride their bikes or lollygag and not cover much ground. Or they just want to walk a couple blocks to the playground and then stop to play and then go home. I want to walk for a couple miles and get some exercise. 

I think there are a couple possibilities to improve this situation. I could get up early and go for walks by myself, while Jason is still home before work. Or I could reframe my expectation of walks so that we go on shorter trips (probably to the playground) and I still get the benefit of a change of scenery, fresh air, sunshine, plus the kids get their exercise. I also usually try to climb around on the playground equipment and work on my partial pull-ups, so I'm getting some movement, fun, and exercise, too. 

What good habits are you glad to have? Have you lost any that you want to bring back? Are there any new ones you'd like to add?

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