Positive Habits Tracker

For me, there is a huge satisfaction when creating and checking things off my to-do list. The act of thinking of the tasks, drawing the list, and prioritizing forces you to process the information and get it done. In fact, studies show that taking notes long-hand allows you to remember information better versus just hearing or seeing it.

This morning, in addition to my daily agenda, I wrote up a daily habit tracker for the next 21 days. I decided to focus on two areas: personal and professional growth. For some other ideas, you can focus on health, social media, fitness, cleaning, blogging, or business.

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To create your own, think of some positive habits you’d like to adopt. For some inspiration, check out my ideas here—I’ll be adding more as they come to mind. Then, create a grid or use a quad-ruled notebook (I picked mine up from target). I suggest starting with 21 or 30 days because it takes at least 21 days to make or break a habit!

Adding positive habits forces you to go into a value-creation mode.  I hope you find this article inspirational. Comment your positive habit ideas below! It is all about the small changes.

 

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15 Ways to Start Your Blogging Flow

Blogging every day has posed two challenges for me, finding the time and finding the flow. However, it is moreso the latter; I’ve found that these things can help find that flow:

  1. Taking a walk
  2. Blocking out one hour to blogging: put away your phone, close other tabs and just concentrate
  3. Listen to motivational podcasts episodes
  4. Daily Content/ Article Consumption
  5. Read for 30 minutes
  6. Yoga sequence — check out this one to spark creativity.
  7. Watching Ted Talks episodes
  8. Practicing mindfullness and being present with affirmations and mantras (check out these motivational Mantras).
  9. TAKE A HIKE — spending time in nature always gives me creativity
  10. Vist other blogs
  11. Brainstorm the theme— What are your categories? What are some reoccuring topic you write about? What are the most popular topics? Can you expand on them?
  12. Go for a drive or a bus ride to somewhere new
  13. Document your progress and plans for the future
  14. Listen to a music album you’ve never heard before
  15. Spend time doing one of your hobbies; pick up that paintbrush, basketball, or go for a run, whatever brings you happiness while help get those creative juices flowing!

Get over your fear of shipping and go with what comes to mind. Find what inspires you and always remember to trust your intiution.

 

Defining the Flow State of Mind: Effortless Concentration and Enjoyment

Flowing is the mental state when our best work emerges without struggle; also known as being “in the zone”. It is complete concentration, involvement, and enjoyment where nothing else matters. When flowing, we get to experience our own effortless power.

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the founders of “positive psychology” and the creator of the Flow Model Theory. This model represents the emotional state someone can be while undertaking a task or activity. Click the link on the model for an in-depth explanation of his theory.  Also, check out Csikszentmihalyi’s Ted Talks episode.flow-model-mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-toolshero

Mental state in terms of challenge level and skill level, according to Csikszentmihalyi’s flow model. Credit to https://www.toolshero.com/personal-happiness/flow-model-csikszentmihalyi/

I find my flow while dancing, hula-hooping, writing, creating art, and practicing yoga. How and when do you find your flow? Let me know in the comments below.

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