Better Me In 30 Day #9: Eliminate Your Bad Habits
My bad habits? Most of them come back to me being a complete slob at home.
Throwing My Dirty Clothes On The Floor
...in my bedroom, in my bathroom, in my hallways, in the car. I joke about being bad at adulting, but the truth is laundry is probably my weakest point. Dad did my laundry while I slept after working overnights at the radio station back home in college. At my first apartment I'd wear everything I could in my closet until I was forced to make the trip to the laundry room a few buildings away. For a while, my boyfriend helped out with laundry at my current apartment because I'm always too busy or tired to do it. Now that he's not staying here during the week, I realize how bad my habit is. My dirty clothes are taking over my place!
How I'll make it a good habit: It literally takes 15 seconds to put my clothes in the laundry basket. I'm going to make it a point to take those 15 seconds before bed every night to get the dirty clothes into their place.
Letting Dirty Dishes Pile Up
I said I'm bad at being an adult and cleaning up after myself right? I'm so bad at getting dishes and tupperware out of the sink and into the dishwasher. In fact, most of the time, I'm actually kind of scared to open the containers because of the smell that will come out of them. I know...it's gross. It grosses me out too.
How I'll make it a good habit: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are dish day from now on. I'll load everything in the dishwasher before work. Run it while I'm there and put them away when I get home. No exceptions.
Seeing The Glass As Half Empty
I do this a lot because I don't like change. I don't like changing my plans around. So immediately I start thinking of the negative like how I'll have to drop something I want or need to do from my schedule or what could go wrong in a situation I've been given. Pretty much the only time I don't see the glass half empty is when I'm running (save Sunday during my marathon when my back was in pain for the final 11 miles.)
How I'll make it a good habit: I need to start using mantras in my day to day life. You know, positive phrases that you repeat over and over again. I'm really good at doing this during my training runs even if the phrases don't make a lot of sense. They keep me going and positive. I'll try translating the use of these in the workplace.