I’ve been reading “Atomic Habits” by James Clear and now I’m motivated to create a few new habits and keep nurturing old ones that have helped me in the past.
A Habit of Baking Bread
One habit that I really like is regularly baking bread for our family instead of buying it in the shop. It took me a while to get used to this. I experimented with different recipes until I found a few easy, healthy and tasty ones that I use on rotation now. When I started making bread dough today I thought that I finally managed to make it very easy for myself to bake bread every two to three days.
I set up a whole shelf with all the tools I need for baking. Bowl, measuring jug, weighing scales and bread tins. My recipe book is close by, I can easily grab the ingredients and get going.
A Habit of Daily Walks
Another habit that I created for myself over the years are my morning walks or runs. Even if it’s still dark outside I put on my workout clothes first thing and do some of the things from my morning routine list until it’s brighter or until I get a chance to go outside.
A Habit of Writing Daily
Now I’d really like to build a daily writing habit. I’m still playing with ways I could accomplish that.
I know I need to make it as easy as possible for myself to get started and keep going with this new practice.
First I need to choose a time and place. Will I add it to my morning routine or write in the evening before making dinner?
I have decided to write between 5 pm and 6 pm because that’s the time when everyone in our house starts using their computers or tablets, and it’s just before I start making dinner.
To make it more special I’m going to brew myself a nice cup of herbal tea every time before I begin writing.
So here is the plan:
Between 5 and 6 pm I’m going to make a cup of tea, open my laptop and write at least one sentence or paragraph. That’s all for now. Easy and doable. I’m very curious to see where this will lead.
Who wants to join in? How could you create a simple writing ritual for yourself?