We all have habits. Good ones and bad ones. As we come up to the new year you’ll see people trying to start new habits. Maybe an exercise program, maybe a reading routine, maybe a commitment to post to social media once a week. I read somewhere that setting a new habit takes 21 days. This could be true, or it could just be that the longer you do something, the more likely you are to keep doing it.
November is a big month for habits for me. I’m a writer – and mostly write for myself – which can be hard when it comes to consistency. Some days, weeks, I just don’t feel like writing. Sometimes I’m not inspired, sometimes I’m too tired, there are a lot of excuses for those days I don’t get any words down. Without a publisher or deadline for my work, it’s up to me to stay motivated.
This is why November is an important month for me. In November there is an online project called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The primary goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in the month of November.
I’ve accomplished that goal several years, but this year I am using November as my month to reset the habit of writing, which I’ve fallen out of. My goal for NaNoWriMo this year is to write new content every day. No excuses, just repetition to rebuild the habit of writing.
Staying organized is a habit too. Sure, there is the original goal to meet, whether that is organizing your pantry or closet or computer, but there is also the daily upkeep of an organized space. The reminder to put your keys on the drop zone every night. The routine of picking up your clothes before you go to bed. The habit of deleting unwanted emails after reading.
And it isn’t easy to establish these new habits. It takes time and practice. Sometimes more than those 21 days. There can be a lot of reasons why you don’t stick with your goal. Maybe you don’t feel like it that day. Maybe you’re too tired. Maybe lots of things get in the way.
But you can do it!
Build your habit on your own or with a support system to help you through the rough patches. Just because you miss a day or forget about your new habit for a moment, don’t worry! You can pick right up where you left off.
Habits are all about consistency and repetition. There’s no time like the present to get started.
What organizing habit do you want to develop? How can I help? Reply here or send me an email to let me know!