I haven’t gotten much done in the first two January weeks of 2019, and I don’t regret that at all. Long holidays always wreck my working habits and it takes some time to get back into my groove. Most of my productivity simply comes from momentum, and that needs to be rebuild.
So I set my goals accordingly: Use my bullet journal every day and hit my daily movement target. I did both, so yay! Go me.
But now we’re already in week three of this year, my basics are back, and so it’s time to decide what to do next this month. I do like to start new things in January, but I also like to start things slow and deliberate, and I found a solution that covers both.
My focus for January 2019: Rejunivation of old helpful habits
I had built pretty helpful habits in various points of my life. And I also lost quite a few of them due to various reasons: Vacations, work, moving countries, daily life, that kind of thing. It happens.
I picked three that I miss most to bring them back this month.
1. Do my most important work first thing in the morning.
This one’s a dozy.
It requires me to be honest with myself on what qualifies as important to me. There are a few things I’d… Well, I’d like to be the kind of person for whom these tasks are important, but I simply am not. This kind of self-honesty strips my illusions about who I am, and that takes both courage and can be uncomfortable.
Take sketches for example. I love the idea of being the kind of artist that keeps intricate, beautiful sketchbooks, and I so tried. I really did. But in the end I really, absolutely do not care about sketchbooks at all. I want to tell stories with my art, and sketches don’t do that. Took me a while to admit that. So, putting sketches down as most important task is silly and a recipe for disaster.
But like I said above, most of my productivity comes from momentum, and putting the most important task first means I start with a huge momentum which carries through the rest of the day. It’s incredibly valuable.
2. Meditate for ten minutes every day
I didn’t meditate since my university days, but I miss it and the joy it brought me. So I am going to start again. Simple as that.
3. Floss every day
Flossing teeth takes five minutes tops; I just tend to forget. Easy enough to do as long as I put it actually on my list so I remember.
Do you have any habits and/or goals for this January 2019?
Some people are happier if they never have truck with this kind of stuff, others, like me, gnaw up the walls in anxiety if they don’t have a list or plans. What’s your approach?