…it’s easy to forget all the great things about our lives when we’re not actively doing them. Too often we get bogged down in day-to-day chores and rush to meet looming deadlines. One way to keep what we love to do present in our daily lives is to create Delicious (Daily) Habits.
Think for just a minute… What activities give you joy and energy? What do you love to do regularly? Is it listening to your favorite music, getting on Facebook a couple of times a day, working out, reading a book or your favorite magazine? Do you like to write in a journal, play an instrument, create artwork or connect with friends and family beyond a mere “Hello”?
So, as you think about what you love in your life, how can you incorporate more of those things into your daily life?
Here’s an example:
What I love about my life…
Delicious (Daily & Almost Daily) Habits
☞ Starting the day with coffee and a book in the early morning
☞ Catching up with the world-listening to National Public Radio, and reading the news
☞ Talking/texting/emailing our daughter at grad school
☞ Getting outside every day/Training by myself for my next fundraiser/racewalking event
☞ Connecting with family about the day
☞ Checking in with friends – email, text, FB
☞ Doing creative craft work/knitting, crocheting or sewing each day
☞ A glass of wine at dinner and a cup of coffee at the very end of the day
☞ Training with my Team in Training buddies every weekend
☞ Visiting museums & galleries/Seeing new exhibits twice a month with a friend or family member
Developing Delicious Habits, or daily rituals, is one great way to be certain that you recognize and experience daily some (of the many) good things that are a part of your life – and giving yourself time to recharge your batteries. They are anchors in our days, helping us to feel positive and connected with what matters to us.
What will this week look like? What will be your 10 Delicious Daily Habits? How many Delicious Daily Habits can you work into your day, comfortably? Does it help to plan for them, to write them down? Will you enjoy a habit with someone to ensure that it happens (to increase your commitment)? (If 10 Delicious Daily Habits feels like too much, then play with it! Change it to meet your needs-maybe 10 Delicious Weekly Habits, or Habits for a Fortnight… your imagination is the only limit to making this work for you!) The key is to develop habits – rhythms that keep you supported and aware of what’s important to you… because our habits reveal our values. What will be the impact of creating and then starting to live these Delicious Habits?
Excerpted (and updated) from, “Celebrating What You Love About Your Life!” by Jill Greenbaum, Editor, Play Full Out – It’s Your Life!, posted, www.womensradio.com