Did your new habit replace another habit? Are you missing it a little?
Replace Lost Needs. Sometimes a habit we are not all that happy with is actually fulfilling some type of a need. If we are going to make a successful habit change we need to identify that lost need and figure out how to find fulfillment in another way.
For example, my new habit is a 10AM bedtime. The lost need I am experiencing is all that me time to unwind and relax after my daughter has gone to sleep. Although I do not achieve a whole lot during that time, it is the only time in a typical day that is completely uninterrupted.
So to compensate for the lost me time I am seeking other times and activities that will increase my fulfillment in life. A few ideas I am exploring are:
- Early Morning. My morning time is blog and get ready for work time. I’ll have to guard this time a bit and make sure I’m keeping it for it’s intended purpose.
- Break Time During Work. I typically work straight through 9+ hours in my cubicle. Would little breaks or lunch away from my desk allow me to refresh and refocus during the day?
- Exercise. In the afternoon around 2 o’clock my productivity falls. This is the perfect time to hit the gym and refresh. Going to the gym or for a nice long walk is a favorite me time activity, increases the flow and production of feel good endorphins, and helps me relax and reflect.
Well, that is my strategy for replacing my lost needs, your turn:
What are the lost needs you are experiencing? How else can you fulfill those needs in your life? Come up with at least three options that you think could work and give one a try today.
If you are not experiencing a lost need, lucky you. 🙂
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