I was so busy with the No More Student Loans Giveaways last week that I didn’t get my new habit for March posted. [There are over a dozen prizes from some of my very favorite authors and businesses. If you haven’t yet, click here to enter the giveaways. Entry closes tonight!]
Rather than make resolutions for 2012, each month I am working to establish one new habit. I would love to have you join me!
In case it got buried in the midst of all the giveaways, here’s the update on February’s Habit (establish a lunch routine).
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” said Aristotle. Habits, both good and bad, help shape our character.
Lately, I’ve been slipping into a bad habit. It’s called checking my phone for emails/Facebook updates a dozen times a day (or more!)
I’ve excused myself saying, “Oh, it only takes a minute.”
Often though, that minute grows into five or ten minutes. Even when it really does only take a minute, checking email distracts my mind from the task at hand.
In Amy’s excellent book, Tell Your Time, (enter to win one of 3 copies!) she encourages us to step back and evaluate our longterm life goals. To evaluate the kind of person, wife, mother, homemaker, writer and/or fill in the blank we want to be.
Once we have a vision for our lifetime goals, we must arrange our days and Tell Our Time so we can fulfill those goals.
Needless to say, the kind of mother I want to be does not check her phone constantly while she’s coloring with her kids. The kind of wife I want to be isn’t reading an email when her husband has time to talk. I want to use those “extra” moments to tie heart-strings with my family.
Thanks to Amy, I do have blocks of time set aside for blogging, Facebook and all the other online fun. My habit for March is to stick to my online time budget and not let technology distract me from whole-heartedly pursuing my calling as wife and mother.
If there are down times during the day and checking email will not distract me from other priorities, I am allowing myself two (and only two) unscheduled quick checks.
What about you? Are you working on any new habits this month? If so, I’d love it if you linked up or shared in the comments!