Atomic Habit – Book Notes

I wasn’t really woo’d by this book like it seems so many people were.

I listened to Atomic Habits as an audiobook and these are the only notes I took.

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Three points of interest from listening to Atomic Habits

๐Ÿ“Who are you trying to be? Ask yourself ‘what would a healthy person do? Etc

๐Ÿ“ Make your habits or hobbies easy to get into by having less friction. Leave your paints out where you see them and will paint etc.

๐Ÿ“ Take a small action to build up the habit. 5 mins at the gym each day but do it each day.

They are impactful points if you were to take action to create habits, build up consistency to become who it is you are aiming to be and create the life you desire.

Creating less friction

This is one I use to keep the things I need to use daily front of mind.

I keep my oils out by the diffuser or right on the bathroom cabinet and at key places around the house where I use them. It works to create less friction so I use them more and also to keep them in view so I am reminded.

Moving things around in the kitchen so the things you use most are easily accessible.

Keeping your journal where you sit for your coffee in the morning or on your nightstand. And having a pen there too because who’s always hunting for a pen and then getting sidetracked.

What is one way you create less friction to help you smoothly move through your day? Id love to know in the comments below

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PS I have a free printable habit tracker I created last year that might be handy for you as you create new habits. You can grab it here

Setting new Intentions for a new month

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๐ŸŒท September | Spring ๐ŸŒท

New season new month. 

๐ŸŒธItโ€™s a wild time. Setting yourself up when some new month intentions / goals, gives you something to focus on. 

๐Ÿ„ Learn a new skill
๐Ÿ„create
๐Ÿ„declutter & organise – physical environment & digital space 
๐Ÿ„ simplify
๐Ÿ„ start growing your own food
๐Ÿ„ research, question & stay curious
๐Ÿ„write
๐Ÿ„ Read
๐Ÿ„heal & develop thyself 
๐Ÿ„ decentralise
๐Ÿ„ well-being & fitness intentions 

Thee list goes on…

Journaling on it to see what comes up can get ideas flowing. Helping you can get clear on what it is you desire. 

Happy September Happy Spring and itโ€™s still Happy Virgo season ๐Ÿ’ซโ˜€๏ธโšก๏ธ

I would love to hear your fave new month intention in the comments below.

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Becoming a person who loves a schedule

I have resisted having a schedule for so long. I hate being locked into too much but I really need it also to keep me motivated. I desperately want to be one of those people that has their day planned out to the minute – well maybe not that crazy.

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I want to have kind of an outline of my whole day though. Because way to often if Im home I just drift around doing a bit of housework here and there, drinking copious amounts of hot drinks, scrolling, doing activities with the kids, cooking oh and then it’s dinner time again. WHAT were did the day go. I didn’t get to do half of what I should have. I’m talking extra things I want to be achieving to work towards some goals, life admin that’s been put off, house tasks which are done infrequently but get put off longer than they should.

The search for the perfect system

I’m in search of a system that will work for me that doesn’t feel to restrictive, keeps me motivated and I actually stick to.

I’m thinking an easy system that will prompt me to break down tasks and maybe time block my day.

I work so well to a deadline but that’s also my downfall because if my deadline is too far out I will leave that task till the last second. Parkinson’s law – the task expands to the time allotted so it’s not entirely my fault there is an actual law.

Case in point.

+Why would I do my taxes right after the tax year ends in March when I can leave them until June 30th (the deadline is 7th July).

+When we brought our rental and the deadline for settlement got brought forward, we were bit behind in our second-half-of-the-deposit saving and man that was a motivator. We hustle the shit out of those last few months and smashed it.

+My house has stuff everywhere 5 out of 7 days. You tell me someone is coming over in 20mins and that place is looking fresh.

This is why I think that time blocking might work for me. I work so good to a tight deadline. I know its not good for me adrenaline wise to be hustling to deadlines all the time either. I would have to be mindful of this, trying to make sure I’m moving through at a slow pace or having days that are block free.

Inspiration

I listened to the Audiobook – The Clutter Connection last year and was recently going through some notes I wrote down. It breaks down different personality types, how they like to organise their homes and their lives. I wasn’t so much the house cleaning that I took notes on but the life organisation. Here are some points which I loved.

+Running your house like a business. You are the CEO. Get up showered & dressed everyday then a basic planner outline on the fridge that you try to adhere to.

+ Imagine I was filling a position of someone who was going to be running the house and looking after the kids. What would I require them to do? What would be the job description for an ad? What should they do daily? What would I expect someone to do if I was employing them? Ask yourself this daily and do what you would expect of them.

+ Write out a basic daily schedule once mastered it, add in bigger tasks – like structured play / school time with kids, time to work on diy projects etc. Eventually the routines were simplified and she found it easier to accomplish everything on the growing list. Felt like she had more free time. So could add in new things to her schedule.

+ Structure is freedom { IS IT OR IS FREEDOM FREEDOM :P} She wanted freedom from structure but everyday would waste time in the absence of a routing of positive habits, unconsciously created a routine of negative counterproductive & ineffective habits. Waste hours aimlessly browsing the internet. While feeling like no time for the things really wanted to do. Without structure everything look longer to accompolish. Structure is freedom {Ok you got me there, sounds just like me. Maybe structure is freedom} Felt busy but it wasn’t productive. Wasn’t accomplishing any of goals or ambitions. No positive action steps toward achieving them.

+ We all need daily structure & routine to make life easier.

+ Create a daily schedule of the basic tasks want to accomplish each day.

+ Once you have mastered your daily schedule to the point it becomes an effortless habit. Can add more goals to daily/weekly/monthly schedules.

Getting started

Ok I think Im ready. *deep breath I don’t want to be inprisoned by a schedule* ok its fine st r u c ture is fr e e d o m. YES here’s hoping.

Well I better get onto creating my basic daily schedule

I’ll block each task in with a time frame.

See how I go for a week

If I’ve mastered it I can add in some goal oriented tasks

Wish me luck & send me all the tips esp you schedule phobic people who managed to live the scheduled life or something similar that works for a schedule phob. I need all the help, I want to be more efficient with my time. Thanks so much.

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