Weve been breaking bad habits for Novembers 12 Months of Wellness. This week, put your efforts in writing!
Journalling is a powerful tool for keeping track of our day-to-day adventures, chronicling elementary-school crushes—and even breaking a stubborn bad habit. November’s 12 Months of Wellness challenge has been taking us through a four-step process for ditching unwanted habits. So far, we’ve decided on a bad habit, replaced it with a good one, and sought support to strengthen our resolve. Now it’s time to write down those habit-breaking efforts!
Start a habit-breaking diary
Writing something down can turn an idea—something we could, would, might do—into reality. Just like confiding in a family member or best friend, keeping a physical record of our goals makes us more accountable.
For example, I always try to write a reminder in my calendar if I plan on shuffling to a yoga class on Saturday morning instead of sleeping in. This doesn’t always work (my bed is so comfy … I’ll just nap for another 10 minutes). More often than not, though, putting pen to paper is the impetus that pushes me to set the alarm and lay out my workout clothes the night before.
Not sure what to chat about with your new paperbound confidant? To start, keep track of these habit-breaking basics:
Get in touch
Do you already keep a journal? Let us know, and keep us updated on your 12 Months of Wellness journey in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter (using the hashtag #2013alive).
P.S. If you don’t have time for a journal, no worries—try attaching something as simple as our November goal-tracking sheet to your fridge or office space.