I don’t change up my daily habits much. I tend to add and take away pretty slowly, or make a small variation on a theme.
Most of my habits are morning habits, but I definitely have more of a bedtime routine most days than I used to.
Here are the current habits I am practicing most days:
Reading: ~20 min of nonfiction in the morning (I skip this some weekends or if I need to sleep in!) + aiming for ~10% of a novel each day (adjusting if a novel is super long to a lower percentage!). Of course, I can always read more if I get sucked in!
I have gone back to paper books whenever possible but the kindle app on my phone as a stopgap measure, such as when I was stuck in a doctor’s waiting room (routine cheek up) for 2 hours earlier this week. Was grateful that I was able to instantly download the book I am reading for free!
Meditation: After years of using Headspace I decided to try the Waking Up app. (I’m on a trial and not sure if I will continue to a paid subscription, but it’s been good to sample – I think I get to keep it free until the end of January). Usually I aim for about ~10 min of meditation in the morning.
Outside: I have a checkbox for ‘outside’ on my little habit tracker. Generally this is accomplished with a morning run as I am currently running ~6x/week (and I avoid the treadmill when possible though at some point I may have to use it for some hill workouts). If I don’t run I try to take a walk, often during lunchtime at work. I am not specifically doing ’23 for 2023′ but I guess I tend to meet that metric most days anyway.
Music: I get a lot of joy and relaxation out of listening to music – almost any music. But it’s not always something I instinctively put on, so I added it to my list a couple of years ago and kept it on. Anything counts, really. I usually put on music during fast running intervals and on my commute home. Yesterday it was part of NPR All Songs Considered Top 100 Songs of 2022 list. (We use Apple Music these days – I like the interface a bit better than Spotify).
Duolingo: Duolingo is not perfect and I’ve had language professors dismayed about my use of this tool but . . . I enjoy it and I know more Spanish than I did before, so I am going to keep it up. Is it going to get me to conversational? No. But I am finding I understand more and will use a short phrase every once in a while (and I can tell patients appreciate that effort!) so I still think it’s better than nothing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to practice in Spanish without an interpreter and I am at peace with that.
Planning!: Yep, every day I PLAN! I think this does count as a habit. Usually I go in this order: fill out 5 year journal, look at yearly goal planner to fill in daily screen time minutes, and then fill out my daily Hobonichi page to decide what the day’s priorities will be (a combo of reviewing my weekly goals + the day’s schedule).
Phone: I also track phone minutes and have been better about moving my phone to my room in the evenings. My goal is always under 100 minutes (1 hrs + 40 min).
Skincare: I don’t track this, but I do some kind of skincare almost every night and morning.
Workouts: Are workouts habits? I don’t really think of them in this category for whatever reason, but I do have a workout planned in most days. Actually, I plan to work out every day (one day no run, just strength) but allow myself a break whenever it feels needed.
Inbox cleanout: Every clinic day I empty my EPIC inbox + work email, and every week I do a full gmail cleanout (yep, all the way to inbox zero).
That’s about in in terms of what I track / think about on a daily basis. I obviously have plenty of autopilot-type habits (ie flossing, prepping my coffee for the next day). I also want to say that if you’re reading this and have either a) young kids or b) kids who are poor sleepers — there have been times when I had FAR less bandwidth to focus on these habits, and that’s ok. Your time will come!
There are also habits I’d love to work on cultivating/improving: decluttering/organizing and reducing waste/using fewer resources are two of those. I am embarking on more organizing this year but can’t call it a habit yet! Soon perhaps!!!