Habits, eh? The word habit has a few immediate connotations for me:
- Bad habits: falling asleep in meetings, chewing nails, interrupting, you know…
- Make it a habit: in order to succeed with social media, one must make interacting a habit.
So, I did build a few positive work habits in 2013 such as blocking out my week on Monday mornings and also using a to-do list... for everything. But despite knowing these are foundational productivity habits that I must continue, they sure sound boring.
I much prefer the word “traditions” to “habits.” I’ve been thinking a lot about this concept lately as the holidays kick into gear and memory-evoking traditions fill the family calendar. I’d go as far to advocate that the holidays are always best remembered through traditions, why not our work weeks?
Here are a few traditions either me or my family has started this year that have made for a more memorable 2013:
- Making coffee with my son – Every morning, whether he wakes up at 5:30 or 7:30am, I get up with my son Calvin and we “make coffee” for mom. Starting the day with a 1 year old is the most joyful way to get in gear. He rolls out of bed ready to party and it definitely helps me maintain perspective no matter how stressful the day looks.
- Reflection on the way to work – One of my favorite times of the day is while driving (or riding my bike) to work. I opt out of music, NPR or sports radio and instead reflect on my day / week / relationships and pray for moments and others who come to mind. This allows me to start the day with a clear mind and feel ready for anything that may come my way.
- Celebrating Advent – This is typically a religious tradition, but it does help cut through the holidaze / X-mess that is fueled by the retail industry. The idea is much like ThinkKit: create a prompt every day in December to give thanks.
My challenge to you is to create a habit out of making traditions. See what I did there?
A great starting point is to carve out part of your day that is not filled with anything in particular. Perhaps it’s a walk, perhaps it’s a chance to read, perhaps it’s even just turning off the radio on the way to work and thinking about friends and family.
When we think back on our year or even our week, it never fails that we use traditions as milestones for our memories. Who doesn’t want more joyful memories? Amirite?
What are your daily, weekly, annual traditions? Seriously tell me, I need more!
This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox
Today’s prompt: What habits did you start this year that you want to continue?