My 2015 better habits challenge

I don’t know about you but for me, 2014 was a big year. Highs, lows and everything in between, in 2014 I learned some valuable lessons.

One thing I learned is that if I’m going to take the next step — the next step in my personal development, the next step in my career, the next step toward the lifestyle I want, I need to change a few things.

We all have vices. Shortcomings and weaknesses that hold us back. In 2015, I’m challenging myself to turn mine into strengths and get out of my own way by developing these habits.

I’m going to wake up earlier

I am a night owl. I always have been. There is a very still, calm and creative part of me that awakens after 12am. I’m also a sucker for binge-watching any half decent TV series.

As a result of all my late nights I’ve never really been able to be a morning person. But, how I envy those who greet the rising sun with a smile as they skip out of bed and towards a great day.

I know I will never be one of those people, but I’m certain there are things I can change that will help me wake up earlier and enjoy it. I want more time in my day and I can only stay up so late so mornings, we’re about to become better acquainted.

I’m going to become healthier

I’ve never paid much attention to my health. There were pockets of time during and after high school when as an athlete I would look after myself, but to be honest even then I ate terribly.

There is plenty of research out there which shows that when we eat better we are more productive and that exercise boosts almost all other areas of our life. I’ve also heard that it’s harder to get into shape the older you get — and I’m not getting any younger.

Eating better and getting in some exercise a few times a week is about to become a big priority for me.

I’m going to write everyday

At the end of 2014 I quit my full-time job and moved overseas so my family and I could pursue some dreams. My blog is one of them. To make it successful, I need to improve as a writer both in quality and speed/quantity.

The only way that’s going to happen is if I write every day. I’m not going to set any goals for word count or how long I sit at my desk – at least not yet. For now I’m happy with writing something, anything everyday. Practice makes perfect.

I’m going to be present

Being present means more than just showing up. We’re happier when we pay more attention to our experiences and the quality of our relationships improves when we truly focus on the people around us.

In 2015, I’m focussing on the journey. I’m going to focus on the experiences I’ll have along the trail I’m walking — rather than just the view when I reach my destination; and I’m going to be more attentive to the people that matter to me the most — they deserve it!

I’m going to live by a routine

Having a routine means less distraction, less decision-fatigue, higher levels of productivity and a happier life (that last one is just my assumption but with that trifecta who wouldn’t be happier).

I’ve always been a creature of habit (admittedly just not good ones) but I’ve never really been a routine guy. That’s about to change and it needs to if I’m going to achieve my goals.

I’m going to focus on one thing at a time

Just recently I read an amazing quote. It said, “you can do anything if you stop trying to do everything”. I have no idea who said that first (please enlighten me if you know), but I have to tell you that I love it.

I’m one of those people who can’t help but take on too much at once, a habit that filters down to even the smallest detail. Like how I never read just one book — it’s usually two or three (sometimes four) at once; and how I’ve always got a million tabs open in my browser — I’m pretty sure Google Chrome hates me.

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I’m writing about my Better Habits Challenge here because like most, I’m much more focussed when I’m held accountable, and what’s more motivating than making my pursuits completely public?

Over the next 12 months I’ll be researching and trialling different strategies to build these new habits. I’ll update my blog to share my research, when I set myself a new challenge and to let you know the outcome.

Keep up with my progress by signing up to my newsletter where I will link my latest articles and updates on my habit challenge endeavours.

Do you have goals you want to achieve? Are you working toward overcoming some of your vices? Sharing is caring so comment below with what you’re working on, how you’re doing it and how it’s going.

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