March 1st and habits….
Ahh March 1st…I love the start of a brand new month…especially the month that brings the promise of spring. Spring is my favorite season. The beginning of new life all around me reminds me to take a look inwards and analyze the person I am and the habits I’ve formed over the last couple of months and whether or not they meet my ultimate goal of honoring God each and every day. You see I’m a creature of habit. A lot of what I do is done out of habit and I really don’t mind that so much. It takes a lot of pressure off me to know that I can forget about certain things that need to be done because those things get done repetitively and often unconciously. This is a good thing when the habits are good ones. For instance, my habit of getting groceries every Monday morning, my habit of having a place for everything, my habit of not letting papers pile up, my habit of eating the same breakfast and lunch everyday (maybe that isn’t so good but it sure makes my life easier), my nightly getting ready for bed habit with each step done in the exact same order every single night (yeah some might call that one OCD…lol). My point is once these habits are formed they are easy to maintain because they are done routinely each day without fail. I guard these good habits with my life because I know from experience that one or two days without doing them and I’m sunk. It is amazing how quickly good habits are to lose but yet how hard they are to develop often taking a good 3-4 weeks to catch on. Yikes!
Bad habits, of course, are the exact opposite…..easy to form and painful to quit. Often I don’t even realize a bad habit has formed because it has become so automatic and I don’t consiously realize I’m even doing it……like my sugar habit for instance which I wasn’t even aware that I had until I stopped one day to analyze how much sugar I was actually ingesting each day all simply out of habit. Or have you noticed how quickly a good habit can turn into a bad habit if we aren’t careful….like my blogging habit for example, how quickly the time gets away from me and before I know it I’ve spent two hours on the computer when I should have been doing other things.
The start of a new season is as great a time as any to take a look at our habits, good and bad, to become conscious of them and determine whether or not we want or need to change them.
If you need a little help developing new habits, my friend Lara, started something a couple of months ago called Smart Habit Saturday designed specifically with this purpose in mind. It is being met with a lot of success and you may also find it beneficial. The only reason I haven’t participated myself is due to my no blogging on the weekend habit :)
Also with spring around the corner comes spring cleaning and organizing which means I’m gearing up to throw another 30 Day Organizational Challenge starting April 1st. Yeehah!! More to come on that later.
The last thing I want to leave you with is this excellent monthly calendar for March that might spur on some great new habits to form. I’ll be using some of the days as blog topics throughout the coming month as well as applying them to my own life.
Habit: an action or behavior pattern that is regular, repetitive, and often unconscious