I’ve decided to have a go at installing a new habit into my daily routine. Habits and routines have always been something which I’ve been interested in, the idea of getting up each morning and knowing what to do throughout the day works for me. It may sound incredibly boring, the same thing day in day out, but at the same time it opens up the possibility of so much more, as following a routine can mean a higher rate of productivity and therefore more time to do what you want at the rest intervals in the day and at the weekend.
My current routine works something like this (when the days go well):
One thing which isn’t included within my routine, but I strive to do each day is doing my Daily Goals for the next day and my Lessons Learnt for the day just completed. This is normally done around the ‘Reading & TV’ or ‘Bed’ part of the schedule. Although I’ve got the Daily Goals down, I still struggle doing Lessons Learnt each day, I’ve gone through many different formats, from three bullet points for ‘What Went Well’ and three for ‘What Went Badly’, to just writing out a little story for the day, so when I look back I know exactly what I did.
The bullet points worked well and I did them, but they ended up being a rehash each day, nothing more than something to quickly get done. The story, well that works well, I enjoy writing and at the end of a long way it seemed like a nice way to unwind and go about thinking about what was achieved, or not achieved, during that day.
And that’s where I am now, deciding upon making a new habit, one which will solve the problem of me struggling with doing my Lessons Learnt, whilst also writing about how my freelance/entrepreneurial journey is going.
The main objective is to write 150 words at the end of each day, about how that day went. It doesn’t seem like a lot, and it isn’t, but when setting a new habit, it needs to be easy to install. I started doing this a few months ago with 250 words, but I struggled after a few days with new content and it turned into rambling. 150 words seems like a nice small number to work to, which over the course of a year amounts to a massive 54,750 words. That is enough to turn it into a small novel!
I need to do this in steps though. I’m not going to say in a year I’ll have that amount of words, instead, I am going to start off by saying by the end of March I will have 5,100. If I feel that the habit is helping me at that point, I’ll continue. If it is nothing more than a chore, I’ll stop.
My other goal is to set up a small blog to publish these words on every day, but that will only come about if I decide to continue past the end of next month.
Have you got a new habit you want to try? Why not try and write 150 words each day and let me know how you get on?
Have a project idea? Feel free to contact me and find out how we can work together.