Journal 07: Making Successful Habits

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
– John C. Maxwell

Week 7: June 11 – June 17

After doing my half year review I realized that tracking change is hard. What is more hard is making successful habits. I can’t change my life if I keep going about with the same old habits that never got me anywhere. In order to change my life, I need to change my habits. I need to make successful habits. That… is the hardest obstacle.

How do you break your habits? How do you make sure you stick to them after a week or a month has passed? I wish I knew the answer. But for now, I’ll have to wing it. I need to hold myself accountable. I did some research (research as in googling) and found some tips in creating habits that will make you more successful.

  1. Put pen to paper
    Write down your goals and hold yourself accountable. Read your goals daily/weekly.
  2. Develop a consistent wake-up routine
    How you wake up in the morning can affect the effort you put into your goals. Wake your mind and body up right. It takes time to find the right routine for you so don’t be too hard on yourself.
  3. Take the power back from social media
    Limit your social media time. Sometimes you end up seeing everyones goals and achievements and forget to use that time on yours. Don’t compare. Don’t dwell. See, be inspired, and move on. 
  4. Challenge yourself
    Wouldn’t life be boring if you never challenged yourself to your full potential? 
  5. Include exercise in your routine
    Burnouts are real. Take care of your mind and body. Stress builds up and you won’t realize all that needs to be released until it’s too late. 
  6. Embrace failure
    Fail and get back up. At least you know you are moving towards a goal. 
  7. Take control of your finances
    Do not let money define you. Financial freedom is the goal. 

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In order to make my successful habits stick, I’ll be making daily agendas to make sure I accomplish my goals for the day. Long term goals are so hard to focus on when it’s far out. Measure baby steps instead. I’ll be back next week to let you know how this is going.

Weekly highlights:

  • I have nothing new to report for my weekly highlights. Nothing extremely good or bad happened. However, I want to start being more grateful and mindful. So although nothing major happened this week I am grateful that I was able to make it to work everyday. I am grateful that I can survive with my income. I am grateful that I have food to eat. I am grateful that my family is healthy and alive. I am grateful that I get to wake up in the morning and there is nothing bad to write about. I am grateful for my life.

Things to work on:

  • Limit spending. I examine the month of May and noticed I spent a SHIT TON on food. A LOT. I definitely overspent so I’m hoping to find a better way to manage my spending on food.
  • I also re-evaluated my budget plan and I won’t be able to pay off credit card B by the end of July. It sucks. It really does. I had it in my head that I would be done with all my credit cards by that time. But I need to understand that some things may happen (aka my car needing new struts and tires) and extending my plan for an extra month isn’t the end of the world. I need to be lenient with myself under certain circumstances. I’d rather extend my plan a month rather than be stressed and worried for a month. I will be okay.
  • Follow the Dream Life Series. I follow a blogger/youtuber and she started this Dream Life series that consists of weekly emails, weekly videos and worksheets. This sounds like the perfect steps for me to take at this moment. Sometimes we all need outside motivation. I will be incorporating my thoughts about the weekly topics in my check-ins and if they’ve been helpful.

 

P.S. Invest in yourself.

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