Why is it when you sit down and try to think of your bad habits or habits you want to develop, either nothing comes to mind, or you start feeling like all your habits are bad? I guess self-reflection is never easy! I personally feel resolutions don’t work because they are too broad/large since you have an entire year to do it. I like to set my sights on smaller, more manageable habits that I can improve and build on. Nobody likes to feel like a failure so don’t set yourself a resolution/goal, whatever you want to call it, that you will fail at! You know yourself better than anyone, so you know how to set yourself up for success. For this reason, I know I am going to succeed with smaller habits that I know I can easily work into my day-to-day routine. Now there are a lot habits I want to develop more but there are 3 that I want to concentrate on for 2021.
1.Blocking Out My Time
I honestly don’t think my time management is bad, but I do think there is plenty of room for improvement. I want to work on blocking out my time and using my time as effectively as possibly. With having multiple venue clients, I tend to jump around from client to client all day. Which I know is not the best way to approach my To-Do list. I am going to start blocking out my time on my outlook calendar by venue client and working my walkthrough schedules into those time frames as well as I can. Some of our venues need more time than others so I will take that into account when creating my blocks. I also plan to leave time at the end of my day for follow-ups with clients that may have either called or responded to emails outside of that blocked time.
2. Write Down My To-Dos
I am good about this on busy days when I know I only have a short amount of time to get many tasks done. But I want to make this an everyday habit, where first thing in the morning I right down what I need to get done for each of our venue clients. I’m not sure why (I’m sure Kagney could tell me based on my enneagram number) but when I write things down it helps me prioritize better. I feel like by starting my workday this way I will be able to use my blocked time better and prevent those 12 am “oh shit, I forgot about…” moments that keep me up at night.
3. Read More and Instagram Less
If there is one thing, I realized in 2020, it’s that social media sucks. I mean I already knew this, but it wasn’t until I took a social media break that I realized how much the effects of social media creep into my personal and work life. I have already taken steps to reduce my time on Instagram (my social media of choice) but now I want to fill that time with something other than TV. I have always loved reading. I used to stay up to 1am in high school finishing books (yes, usually a book in the Twilight Series #teamedward) but as I get deeper into adulthood my reading habits have gotten worse. I have a hard time reading in the middle of the day because I have always been a before bed reader and usually end up asleep on the couch. So, this year I am going to read before going to bed at least 5 days a week. If I can read before bed consistently, I know it will help me sleep better and overall feel more well rested in the morning, and more productive the next day. Who knows, maybe this will help make me a morning person?
To help me keep up with these new habits as well as some of my current good habits I am planning on using a monthly habit tracker. A simple google search will turn up many free habit tracker printouts so you are sure to find one that will work for you. And if you want some extra motivation to make sure your habits stick; I highly suggest writing a blog post about them and putting it on the internet for your peers to read…I guess it’s time to get to work!