Peggy, Twitter, Laura discussed on Before Breakfast
Maybe. It's saying or writing in a journal. It can be very powerful to make these decisions automatic, but building habits is hard. That's why I'm always on the lookout for ways to make habit building easier. So I love this suggestion that I received from before breakfast listener, Peggy. She wrote in that I realized I. Have a habit that helps me with getting little things done. That can be overlooked I. try to combine two or more tasks so that I. Don't forget one of them. She, gave me a few examples of pairings that worked well in her life. When I make my bed in the morning, she says I pray. If I see, my bed isn't made I know I forgot to pray also. Peggy notes that she injured a muscle in her leg. At one point knows she needs to stretch it. I was forgetting to stretch it after running as I'm usually short on time in the morning. She says I found when I am in the shower and conditioning my hair after a run, I just stretch that particular muscle for a few minutes while I. let my conditioner set. I had problems for years with this muscle, but once I started this routine. It hasn't been a problem. Praying and stretching are frequent tasks, but other little things don't need to be done nearly as often. There are few tasks. I have to do once. A month Peggy rights. I finally realized I needed to combine them all on the same day. The first of each month I put in a new pair of contacts budget and write out checks to my kids, music and Dance Teachers Wash my vacuum filters and do the cleaning cycle on my washing machine. I have written down my monthly items on my phone, and I do them all at once. I think these are great ideas. All sorts of little habits can be paired with others for instance I've suggested in previous episodes that people keep time logs. It's empowering to know where the time goes, but it's also easy to forget to write down where the time went until so much time has passed that you no longer remember. So I suggest that at least during the work day people pair time tracking with bathroom breaks. When you come back from a bathroom, break right down what you did since the last one. Or here's another opportunity for pairing. I. Don't know about you, but my car has a tendency to accumulate a lot of trash. Now and I'm putting gas in my car. I set the handle to keep pumping, and then I clean out the car. This feels like a real win. Because I wasn't using that time for anything important anyway and now ever much cleaner vehicle. I don't watch TV much and I almost never watch it live, but if you're watching something with commercials, this can be a great time to do something like stretching or strength training. Or you can use the time we'll. Food heats up in the microwave in our house. We Stack Mail on the counter under our microwave and it has a tendency to pile up. If i. sort the mail anytime using microwave I can avoid losing important notes in the mess. Now to be clear I. Don't think we need to pack every minute of every day. People can go a little overboard with Paren-. I have personally been mocked in more than one article for the idea of using microwave time for anything. But I also do that. Small things done repeatedly. Add Up. Habits are powerful, but relying on our conscious minds to remember to do all the things we know we should do is just asking for failure. Pairing new habits with things we already do greatly increases the chances that we stick with them. Just ask Peggy. His leg. Injury is no longer bothering her. And keeping spiritual commitment she decided to make to. What habits do you pair together? I'd love to hear about them. Please email me your pairs at the breakfast podcast at iheartmedia dot com. In the meantime, this is Laura thanks for listening and here's to making the most of our time. Hey, everybody I'd love to hear from you. You can send me your tips your questions or anything else. Just connect with me on twitter, facebook and Instagram at before. pod! That's be the number four then breakfast P O d. You can also shoot me an email at before breakfast podcasts at iheartmedia dot com that before breakfast is spelled out with all the letters. Thanks so much.