Now that we’re about four months into 2019, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the habits I’ve defined for my year. I’m leaning into Habitify as my habit-tracker of choice, and so far things have been going really well. I’m not trying to change my entire life; I’m simply trying to commit to small steps that I expect will add up over time (see all of Atomic Habits by James Clear).
I’ve got four habits I’m working on this year:
- Devotions (Bible reading & prayer)
- Exercise 5x/week (30-minute+ session)
- Journaling in Day One
- Reading (20 pages — again, thank you, James Clear)
This might sound like a lot, but like I said it’s actually going pretty well so far. Here’s a quick update:
Devotions. Thanks to The Bible Recap, I’m cruising through the Chronological Bible and retaining more as I listen to the daily podcast. Adding in my church’s 21 Days of Fasting & Prayer (from January), and I’ve found my prayer life is a lot stronger, too.
Exercise 5x/week. I’ve been loving Fitness Blender’s free workout videos on YouTube. Daniel and Kelli know their stuff, but they’re also super down-to-earth and encouraging. Highly recommended. Plus, I’ve been training for the Traverse City Bayshore Half Marathon, so that training schedule has me knocking out my exercise ring 5–6 times each week almost by default.
Day One. Taking another page from the James Clear playbook, I’ve been aiming at journaling one sentence each day in Day One. Recently I’ve also started using this iOS shortcut to go through a reflection time at the end of each day.
Read. This has been a strong suit for me all year. I’ve got a non-fiction book (Make Time) and a fiction book (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) going at the same time, and this has worked well for me. I’m also chipping away at Thomas Stanley’s The Millionaire Next Door when I think of it. I’m working my way through a physical stack of non-fiction books, while I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series on my Kindle Paperwhite (I just upgraded to the latest model).
One habit that made my initial list for 2019 but never stuck is writing. Inspired by writer Austin Kleon, I really want to make daily blogging a thing in my life. My first inclination is to say that I don’t have time to make it a highlight, but then again I’m not so sure. I think if I can master the discipline of a 5 AM wake-up call, that could be my time to knock out 300–500 words before work. I’ll keep you posted.