Friday, September 21, 2007

Smart Habit Saturday

I got a terrific idea from Charity this week! What she has done is a great idea - one I'm going to do for myself.

She's made up a chart of Healthy Habits that she's working on. Each day, she checks off those habits that she's maintained that day. At the end of each month, she gives herself 10 cents for every check mark she's earned.

It's a simple reward system, but that is appealing to me. I like to know that I'm working for a goal - and not something that is so far away I lose my motivation (like how long it will take me to get to my goal weight!!). With this system, reward is never more than a few weeks away!

So, I've come up with a list of things I would like to work on; things that will improve my health, both physically and mentally. Here's what I have:

Devotions each morning
Vitamin each morning
Bed by 11:00
Bedtime Routine
(wash face, moisturize, brush teeth, floss)
No Sugar
At least 5 Servings of Produce
Shoes on in the House
Mini-Pedi each night
(file calluses and slather with Vaseline)
No Binging
No Food After 8 pm
5 Min. Stretching
Walk at least 20 Min
Calcium Tablet
Strength Train
No Soda
Don’t Salt Food
Drink 64 Oz. Water
1 Hour of Quiet
(No tv, no radio, no yelling kids - just time for my mind to be quiet)

That adds up to 20 habits - for a possible reward of about $60 each month. I could use this for a manicure or pedicure, or some new books or cds, new clothes, etc. I know from the outset I won't manage to get every check mark every day, but I'll let you know how I do!

To see what other Smart Habits others around the world are working on, visit The Lazy Organizer!


ValleyGirl said...

I've actually considered doing this for myself too. Following a 'schedule' doesn't work terribly well for me, but having a checklist would be more effective, I think. I've got one already for my 5 servings of fruits and veggies and for exercise, so I should just add a few things.

Charity said...

Great List! I'm so flattered that I have inspired you. :) I have a nifty little excel spreadsheet I use to track habits. If you would like it, let me know.

Mama Pajama said...

Wow, great list! That's a lot of routines. Good luck this week!

jenn said...

what a great idea! and what an impressive list you have made for yourself! i think this is something that i should do too. sometimes i just forget all the little things i want/need to do each day. good luck accumulating lots and lots and lots of those check marks!

The Lazy Organizer said...

That sounds fun! I'm afraid I would put a hundred things on my list just so I could make more money. I'm a big cheater that way. Instead of Make Bed, my list would say, pull up sheet, pull up blanket, arrange pillows, etc. Then I think I would give myself two check marks for things I actually did and one check mark for things I thought about doing but didn't get around to it. At the end of the first month I would make enough money to send myself on a cruise!


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