Goodbye new year, new me resolutions and hello new year, better me habits.
In 2020, I wrote out my goals for the year and I began tackling them one by one. Some of my goals included paying off some debt, finding a homeschool learning style that worked for my children, and to receive my Reiki Master attunement. While the attainment of my goals has left me with the feeling of freedom and growth, I still feel as though I lacked a lot in 2020 due to my inconsistency with the habits I tried to create for myself.
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At the end of 2020, I sat down and reflected on how I did throughout the year. I decided I needed to approach how I stayed on top of my habits from a different perspective for my situation specifically. After watching How To Be More Productive by Aimee Esther, The One Habit I’m Trying To Build by Matt D’Avella, and many other videos, here’s what I came up with.
Creating A Minimum Baseline Checklist
I learned about the minimum baseline from Aimee Esther; a chronic illness YouTube creator and she uses it to help keep commitments to herself. She learned about this concept from Brooke Castillo a certified Life Coach from “The Life Coach School Podcast”. I love self help content and I am listening to her podcast for tips that will improve my daily life.
Your minimum baseline is important because it is just as easy to do it as it is not to do it. — Brooke Castillo
Not many people know that I am a neuro-diverse disabled woman with 5 kids and a life partner. I have a lot going on and the “going on” can change abruptly without notice. With all of that happening, I need a system that helps keep commitments that I have made and stop the repetitive cycle of breaking those commitments.
My Minimum Baseline Checklist:
- Self Care
- Exercise 5 minutes
- One chapter daily
- Social media
Writing 3 Important Task Daily
I have created a bujo spread that is minimal and enhances my productivity. The video Journaling for Productivity by Sheldon Evans on Youtube inspired a lot of my spread as he focused on a minimal design that brought the important task to the forefront. He wrote out his 3 important task for the day and didn’t write much of anything else to avoid distraction.
I am running a life marathon, not a sprint
I thought that his idea aligned beautifully with the minimum baseline concept and would help streamline my work flow. Every night, I plan the following day by writing in my minimum baseline tag “care” as a task, one task for my workflow, and the third task is open for anything else that I need to do. Here’s an example of my daily log in my bullet journal…
Reading A Chapter A Day
I have always enjoyed reading books and when I was a kid I would sometimes read through novels within a day. Well…I am not a kid anymore and neither my kids nor my daily obligations will allow for me to get lost in a good story. In 2020, I spent several months…psshhh an entire year reading one book and it just drove me nuts.
Yet again, I was watching a video from one of my favorite Youtube creators Matt D’Avella about his new reading habit he is committing to this year. I decided to join him and commit to reading 2 books a month. To ensure that I stay on track, I created a plan to make sure that happened by only reading one chapter a day.
- 2 books a month
- 1 chapter a day
- 24 books a year
If you find yourself inspired by this post and you want to learn more just click on the links that I have included above. You can also check out my 2021 goals post where I share the system I am using to achieve them. Let me know in the comments below if you are creating new habits and how you are planning to stay committed to them.