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Emily Ley Blog

Simple Habits that Stick

June 23, 2021

Hi, friends! Habits are formed when we stick to what we set for 30 days in a row, but sometimes it's assumed that to create change we need to go off the deep end. This is not true and just invites burnout with open arms. Implementing small routines is a much more successful approach to actually creating habits and achieving goals. To do this, establish a simple series of tactical tasks to improve your day-to-day life. 

Identity-driven people focus on how a habit is positively changing them during the process, where outcome-driven people are solely focused on the end result. When we only focus on the end, the journey can become too intimidating, too long, too challenging, and then we accept the option to quit. We would love for our Simplified Sisterhood to lead as identity-driven people by focusing and enjoying the consistent process rather than the outcome. 

Simple Habits that Stick: 

  • Wake up a few minutes earlier (or before your kids). 
  • Start a load of laundry each morning. 
  • Run the dishwasher at night to unload the next morning.
  • Drink water & take vitamins 
  • Nourish your body with colorful foods and good choices. 
  • Walk (or move your body).
  • While gassing up the car, gather trash to throw away. 
  • Enjoy a few minutes of fresh air every day. 
  • Set yourself up for a successful day the night before by walking your home with a laundry basket to gather and put away anything out of place. 
  • Go to bed with a clean space (empty kitchen sink, clean dishes, clear counters). 
  • Complete your skincare routine each morning and night. 
  • Do something that makes you happy every week. 
  • Breathe deeply and with intention for five minutes a day. 
  • Stop multitasking and focus 100% on the task you're working on.

To continue this conversation about simple, helpful habits, we strongly encourage you to read Growing Boldly by Emily Ley and Atomic Habits by James Clear. 

P.S. Embrace the season you are in. For example, if you have a newborn, a routine may not be for you right now. Lean in and enjoy every moment. You will get there, and it will be fruitful. Don't beat yourself up in the joy overwhelming you.