So these two water bottles sit next to my bed. Each evening I fill them with filtered water and place them on my bedside table and every morning I drink both of them before I eat or drink anything else.
As I said here, I am participating in Leo Babauta's Sea Change programme. January 2014 is the month of Mindfulness. He encouraged us to start the year off with 2 mins of Mindful Sitting (basically the start of meditation). However he had an alternative for people who struggle with creating habits or keeping them going long enough for lasting change. He suggested choosing a 'easy' win to focus on for the month. I knew that the one thing that would make a big difference in my life was drinking a litre of water first thing in the morning, so I decided to focus on that.
SO HOW AM I GOING?
The next morning was harder and I didn't finish the entire litre before I had my coffee, but I did consume the entire litre and I am calling this a win. I signed up to the Sea Change programme on the 3rd and committed to continuing for January. The 3rd until the 10th I have drunk the entire litre before any food or other drinks. The first few days took a LONG time to drink. I felt full and uncomfortable. Now I drink it in 15-20 mins and it feels great.
I had intended to just focus on this for the month and make it into a habit. I think I have finally committed however as I am managing it easily. Perhaps having John staying with me has made a difference? Maybe it's that I am motivated after deciding on my One Little Word – Purpose? I am not entirely sure. All I know for certain is, it feels right and I want to continue!
So instead of only focussing on building this habit during the month, I have decided to incorporate the second week Mindfulness habit of Mindful Eating as well. This adds a little complexity to the table as I am still continuing with the Week 1 habit, but I am bringing in the Week 2 habit as well.
What habits are you purposefully cultivating in 2014?