I suppose by now you can say the theme of this month has been “habits” specifically, how to change negative habits and develop positive ones. So far I talked about how changing one keystone habit has had a greater positive experience than I expected. I spoke about a great book on habits that should make your reading list if human psychology interests you. Now I’m talking about how I’m working on creating new positive habits.
I was introduced to a website (and app) called Lift. The premise behind Lift is that you can post habits you want to build and each day you do that habit you check it off. There’s a social interaction part as well, you can find friends and give them props on completing habits, urging them to continue. A few of the habits I have on there are: writing for 20 minutes each day, reading for 30 minutes, and even flossing. Yes I am a terrible flosser but knowing I have to do it to check it off helps me make it part of my nighttime routine. It’s fun to check them off and if you are the type that loves the feeling of checking things of a to-do list then you will love lift.
So far this month I am on my 8 day streak for reading 30 minutes daily. Knowing that it’s something I have to check off each day helps me focus and create time to write rather than just getting to the end of the day and wishing I had time to write. Most of my day is not spent being overly productive so having to create a span of twenty minutes just to write really helps me bring more focus into my day-to-day activities instead of binge watching a show on Netflix and wondering where my day went.
So, if you want to join me in creating new habits, and reinforcing each other’s commitments to new habits, sign up and follow me! Maybe you’ve already got an idea of new habits you want to start, but if you’re stuck with where to start, maybe it can be with a simple gratitude practice. When Vahid and I listened to the interview with the founder of Lift, he talked about how when he and his wife were going through a hectic stretch of their life, they made a promise that at the end of each day, before they climbed into bed, they were going to tell each other two good things that happened for them that day. We liked this so much that we started doing it even before we signing up for lift. It’s an easy way to find the positive in each day, no matter how rough things get. So start with that, tell your partner, or tell the world! Tweet at the end of your day with the hashtag #2goodthings. If I get a few people joining in I’ll do a follow up post with some of your collected tweets about your gratitude.
What are some good habits you want to build? Does Lift seem like something you’d enjoy using? Do you like the idea of a community formed around creating good habits and building each other up?