Once you get into the habit of doing something you are likely to continue doing it for a while. If there is something you would like to improve, try doing it for one week straight. Each time you complete the task it will get easier to complete it more regularly. Here are a few things I’ve gotten into the habit of doing that have made me happier during the rest of the week.
Wake up early.
I’ve always been an early bird, and would rather get up early than stay up late. Now with a old year old at home I love getting up early in the morning to have time to myself, and get things accomplished.
Make your bed every morning.
If you are not a morning person this can be the last thing you want to think about doing every day. For some it can be an easy habit to start. The first thing you could do in the morning is hop out of bed and make it. For some people other tasks may need to come first (like running to the bathroom). In that case do a few morning tasks and when you reenter your bedroom, make your bed. After a few days of getting into the habit of this it will become second nature and you may even enjoy seeing your bed looking so lovely. Making my bed each morning has made me want to keep the rest of my house cleaner as well, and this habit is moving on to other rooms in my house.
Get those dishes out of the sink each night.
Before you go to bed every night, get the dishes out of the sink. Whether it’s a simple move to put them in the dishwasher or forcing you to actually clean them, you can try to get into the habit of leaving your sink empty before you head up to bed. It will be so nice to wake up in the morning with a nice, clean kitchen.
Meal plan for the week.
I don’t typically enjoy cooking, but when I meal plan for the week it’s a lot easier to get myself motivated to cook, and you know what? Sometimes I even enjoy myself. Whether it’s Saturday, Sunday or whatever day of the week works best for you, try to plan out your meals for the week and what you’ll need. It’ll will be nice to only have one long shopping trip instead of many quick trips during the week. If you’re not a chef like me, start by meal planning three meals and week. Once you get the hang of it, try adding more dinners to your repertoire.
Get rid of stuff you don’t need.
I talked about purging items you don’t need in another post. Since doing that I have so much more space in my closet and in my house for the items that are truly important to me. I thought getting rid of clothes in my dresser and closet was going to make picking out outfits harder because of the loss of the items, but in fact it has made it so much easier. Having less items to choose from makes picking my outfits a breeze.
What is something in your life you wish you were better at? Pick a habit to try out and your life may just improve, and make you a bit happier.