10 Helps for Building Habits

 Posted by on January 29, 2013  1 Response »
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Help for Building Habits at Habits for a Happy Home January is the month so many are working on, hoping to and longing to establish new habits. And, yes, we are a website devoted to Habits for a Happy Home. So, here we are at the end of January. How are you doing? You may be wondering how do you make habits stick? Today we share all the best – from each of our authors – from the archives.

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Excellent post full of encouragement from Angie about Habit Formation  Once something is a habit, you don’t even have to think about it, you just do “it”. Isn’t that a gift because if we had to think about every single action we took, we would be beyond worn out.

Forming Habits – The Ones We Shouldn’t Have are the Easiest to Form. Sherri says, “When I have formed a habit, it’s usually because I have taken the time to write something down on my calendar and keep doing so until I don’t think about it anymore. I just do it. If I think I might forget to do something, I’ll set a reminder on my cell phone like an alarm or I’ll send myself an email. I also write myself notes EVERYWHERE.”

Fight Fire with Fire  – Kendra says Our lives are driven by devices. Devices that distract us so, so easily. So I guess I’m fighting fire with fire here, because I use those same distracting devices to help me with habit building. For me, this is the modern day equivalent of a string tied to my finger.

IMG_0390 The Habit to Remember - Trisha shares a wonderful, visual way to build a habit of remembering.

Help for Making Habits Stick For me, over the years with babies, toddlers, stacks of school books, hungry mouths and now towering teens, these are the basic routes I’ve discovered for seeing results in building habits. The habits for building habits, if you will

Making Habits Stick: 31 in 31  …other avenues for habit building. One is making three goals to reach in 30 days. So, three habits in a month. 3 in 30. But this is the one that I really like…

In His Ways are not Our Ways Kim A. reminds of the basis of all. Put love first, and let everything else fall into place…schedules, schoolwork, chores.  All important things, but remember “the greatest of these is love.”

Habit formation: What About Our Own Habits? by Angie includes a Getting Started Plan.

Psalm 139: 1O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.

IMG_8070 Stuck? Try Micro Goals by guest contributor Cassandra Frear. “When I’m stuck in a rut or intimidated by a large project, this works like a miracle. It makes possible things I never thought I’d be able to do.”

And let’s not forget the Power of Prayer by littlesanctuary. “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:26-28

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~ by Tricia at Hodgepodge

How are you doing with forming habits? What are one or more things that have worked for you this new year?

Making Habits Stick: 31 in 31

 Posted by on August 23, 2011  4 Responses »
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In my last post on making habits stick I mentioned Flylady’s one habit a month. Since then I’ve been reminded of other avenues for habit building. One is making three goals to reach in 30 days. So, three habits in a month. 3 in 30.

But this is the one that I really like. My pastor shared that he tries to make it a habit to read a Proverb a day. There are 31 Proverbs. So one for each day of the month. Just one a day. So, say you start off with good intentions and read Proverbs 1 on the first day of the month. Then you fall behind and suddenly it’s the 4th. It’s ok. Just read Proverbs 4.

My pastor shared the age old, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Then said,

“How about a Proverb a day will keep the devil away.”

I think we can all say that would be a great habit to build. And a simple route for making a habit stick. For me, the key is keeping it practical, building a new habit onto another habit that already exists. Reading a Proverb a day could naturally be the start of or follow my morning quiet time. Or it could be something the children and I all do together, right after breakfast. It could even be a new habit for around the supper table or tucking in time.

What do you think?

-Tricia homeschools five children from preschool to middle school. She’s forsaken life in the drive thru lane for the road home. She contributes a blend of writing at parenting, homeschool and frugal living sites. You can find her facing that daily dose of chaos at Hodgepodge. Tricia is a.k.a. Hodgepodgemom.

Help for Making Habits Stick

 Posted by on August 9, 2011  No Responses »
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Photo taken of Mary Engelbreit’s Silly Mother Goose board book.

One of our readers recently asked: How do you make habits stick? Or you might be thinking…

Are you kidding me? How can I accomplish that with all that is going on in my home?

Yes, we are a website devoted to Habits for a Happy Home. For me, over the years with babies, toddlers, stacks of school books, hungry mouths and now towering teens, these are the basic routes I’ve discovered for seeing results in building habits. The habits for building habits, if you will:

1. Pray – it is amazing how often I try to do things in my own power. Please friends, remember to turn to the source of strength. Ask. Bring it all  – everything – to Him.

2. Just Pick One Habit to Build – Chief habit builder, Flylady, works on one habit a month. Just adding one habit per month beats the overwhelm and makes it doable. Baby steps, as she says. Check out Flylady’s August habit, It hits home – Laundry!

3. Think practically. Be easy on yourself. Pick a habit that works into your day. Something you already do:

  • Prayer? Here’s how I learned to make it a habit, all day long, with a passel of children: Practical Prayer
  • Food? For me I decided to double up while I was making a mess anyway. I built a habit, most days, of: Making Supper at Lunch.
  • Homeschooling? Has the morning resulted in a disheveled room OR just how in the world can we accomplish it all? We can feel accomplished and do: One More Thing After Lunch.

4. Make it fun. Two of our longest running family habits were built around the supper table. We all have to eat, right? Celebrate Every Day and Mad, Sad, Glad.

Well, a coffee drink always helps motivate me too. How about you?