After reading the book ‘Atomic Habits’ something began making sense for me. Something like learning a language, stock markets, including yoga into my routine began really occurring. Here’s what I discovered over the past year on what enabled me to remain consistent in my journey
This quote essentially sums up our fitness journey
“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”African Proverb
For my workouts- I have found my school best friend also known on the blog as K, to be my accountability partner. We have been at it for more than a year and a half. We have formed a group for just the two of us, where we share our accountability selfies after we crush our workouts, and a voice note accompanying it with our highs and lows for that day.
When one is feeling low or lazy, the other reignites the fire.
2. FOCUS ON THE PROCESS
LEARNING A NEW SKILL– I truly believe when we focus on the result we lose focus of our next step. Falling in love with the process is the most rewarding part of any journey.
That’s when I came across this time management technique called Pomodoro you break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are referred to as Pomodoro. After about four pomodoros, you take a longer break of about 15 to 20 minutes.
The idea behind the technique is that the timer instills a sense of urgency. Rather than feeling like you have endless time in the workday to get things done and then ultimately squandering those precious work hours on distractions, you know you only have 25 minutes to make as much progress on a task as possible.
I literally was able to absorb more information than I could imagine and felt more productive.
3.SET UP YOUR WORK SPACE
PAINTING – Priming my environment was a game-changer for me. I arranged my desk to become my new workstation where I assembled all my painting tools together so I never had an excuse not to paint. The purpose of priming your environment is
Whenever you organize a space for its intended purpose, you are priming it to make the next action easy. This is one of the most practical and simple ways to improve your habits.James Clear
I firmly believe in placing reminders as it certainly creates additional mental space for other tasks. Google Calendar and I were wedded since that day. After taking time setting my goals, and priming my environment the subsequent stage was to set up essential reminders such as when to sleep, drink water, meditation, doing yoga and I have been consistent with my goals.
5.TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Books, Podcasts – I understood the significance of tracking progress through this book called ‘Factfulness’ by Hans Rosling. Hans was a Swedish physicist and good friend of Bill Gates that spoke about how we are often wrong about the world and how it is actually in a better place than it is. In that, he speaks extensively regarding the importance of tracking.
Since then I have tracked the books I have read since 2019. ( Ok fine, initially I used to track the books on paper, till wait for it the paper got lost so now I have repositioned onto this app called Notion to resume my tracking.)
6. SAY BYE TO EXCUSES
“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”Richard Feynman
This meme sums up the meaning of
and rewarding because once you start accomplishing the things you said you would do you create confidence and self-efficacy. Those dopamine sensations will drive you to want to do it all over again. Now my friend you have entered a virtuous cycle.
7.PRACTICE SELF COMPASSION
There’s a very thin line between knowing when to stop and beating yourself up. From my favourite podcast called the happiness lab by Dr Laurie Santos, I learned that when we are in a difficult situation, it’s most important to remember your best friend.
Imagine your best friend has YOUR issue that needs to be solved, how would you respond. Obviously, you’re going to respond with the uttermost care and compassion. So how about trying that on yourself. I know you might think this is all gobbly goop but
If you are not in the mindset to hear a podcast, here’s a brilliant synopsis of the podcast by the Mind Your Mind Website. You’re welcome, and if you are in the mood for a podcast listen to Laurie Santos’s podcast called the happiness lab. I have even handpicked the episodes for ya!
Dump your inner sergeant – An episode on self-compassion all tips and strategies included
Hit me in the comments what are your ways to keep yourself consistent