Week 1: Successful Habits Challenge
Updated: Feb 3, 2019
Am I destined to be a failure???
Day 1 started off pretty rough. Rather than springing into action, I managed to wrangle myself out of bed around 7:30 in the morning missing my 5 a.m. target by 90 minutes! To be fair, I foolishly started this challenge on a Saturday, but since I was still up before the sun (and, again, it was a Saturday), I’ll put that in the W column.
I set my priorities the night before so I had some errands and a few appointments that I put at the top of my list. I planned out my day and felt pretty good as I breezed through the tasks, knocking things off my list one by one.
Day 2: Again… this getting up ultra-early thing wasn’t working out so well for me. I had a massive headache and then all of a sudden, I was thinking… what do successful people do when they get sick? What happens to their habits? Do they persevere through? Do they get a cheat day? Who knows?!
Around 10 a.m. (yes, I hang my head in shame as I write this) I managed to crawl out of bed and muddle through the house to make some coffee. And, although I was off to a rocky start, I was determined to get my tasks done that I’d laid out the night before. I finished my chores around the house, did a quick 45-minute stationary bike ride at the gym and got my "Lean In" on with “my girl” Sheryl Sandberg for a bit. Minus getting up early, I still managed to get 5 out of 6 of my habits in for the day.
Third time's the charm, people! On day 3, I actually clawed myself out of bed by 5 a.m.! It took some serious mental coaching but, alas, I made it happen. I spent my morning stretching, listening to the Tim Ferriss Show to get my productivity vibes going and – wait for it – eating breakfast at my dining room table! That may not seem like a big deal, but it certainly beats my regular routine of me scarfing down something unhealthy in my car while I fight my way through traffic, on the way to work!
A few days in and I was feeling OK with the exception of one thing. Around 2 p.m. in the afternoon, I started to hit a wall. My creativity was all dried up and my productivity was on E. Since I don’t drink coffee in the afternoon, I had to struggle through it on my own. I also found that lack of sleep makes it a little hard to be super peppy and positive all day. I found my patience waning and my irritability increasing as the day progressed.
As I wrap up week 1, I'm looking forward to powering through the last chapter in my book and hitting the sheets for some much needed R&R!
Are you taking this challenge along with me? If so, tell me how you're doing in the comments below!
With Love, From Kay