Are YOU a Creature of Habit?

[hab-it]
noun
1.
an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary:
We all have habits.
Ones we can be proud of, and some, maybe not so proud of.

One habit I am not so proud of, as far as clutter goes anyway, is leaving my shoes under the coffee table. Sometimes I might even find a couple of pairs under there.

One habit I am proud of is scheduling next week the week before. This makes such a big difference in how I feel and function when I begin my week.

Habits can either keep us from reaching our goals OR they can help us reach them faster.

When it comes to being organized, good habits play a giant role.

If we have the habit of putting things down where they don’t belong, we end up with clutter. It also makes it harder to find things when we need them.
This causes us to waste time and have anxiety.

If we have the habit of putting things where they belong rather than setting them down for “just a second” we have a space free of clutter. We are also able to find what we need when we need it.
The bonus? It’s a time saver and anxiety is no longer a factor.

Let’s take gardening as an example.
I have gardened without a tool holder and I have gardened with one.
The difference?
Without a tool holder I often just set down my tools and forgot them either in the grass or the garden.
With a tool holder, it is always near my side and I put the tools back in it when I am done.
The upside. I always know where my garden tools are!

I am going to give you a rule I live by about 90% of the time, and this is something we all need to remember. WE should be shouting it from the rooftops.

If something takes 2 minutes or less to do, just do it, NOW.  

 

  • Instead of dropping your clothes on the floor, put them directly in the hamper.
  • Instead of putting the dish in the sink, put it in the dishwasher.
  • Instead of setting the backpack down wherever, place it where it belongs.
  • Instead of pushing your shoes under the coffee table, take them with you when you head upstairs.

And on and on and on…

Practice the “2-minute habit” until it becomes a part of everyday life and enjoy the benefits.

Let me know how it works out for you…

To becoming a creature of great habits,
Cindy