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Keep it Simple Sweetie (KISS). A habit supports your goals. Goals are typically bigger and possibly complex. Habits are simple behaviors that done routinely help you move towards your goal. Keeping your new habit to a simple, single faceted act ensures consistent action towards your goals.
It is easy to confuse goals and habits at times, especially when we are selecting a new habit. I have found it helpful to think in terms of habits as simple routine acts that support goal attainment.
So for example, if your goal is to maintain a well organized home. You might be best served by selecting a new habit that is a narrow aspect of a well organized home. Think of the individual aspects of organizing a home. Consider the laundry, dishes, vacuuming, or making the bed. Choose one that could be a daily habit, but is not currently. Then select that as your new daily habit. So the goal is a well organized home and the new habit that supports that goal is making the beds each morning.
How is the habit you are working on this month? Is your new habit single- or multiple-facetted? Are you able to get it done easily or does it depend on too many other things? If there are other things, do they prevent you from achieving your habit or just serve as minor obstacles or distractions?
My 10PM bedtime could easily become a multiple- facetted habit. I could focus on all the things that need to happen before I go to sleep at night or simply focus on getting to sleep. This month I will focus on getting to sleep because I think that is critical and all the other bedtime routine items are merely distractions. If there is another facet of this habit that would make getting to sleep easier, I’ll consider that for a new habit next month.
There is always next month.
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