Habits – maximize their return!

Post Date: April 4th, 2011

Have you heard that we spend tons of time searching for stuff we can't find because we aren't well organized or have too much clutter?  Perhaps you even spend time every week or month de-cluttering your office, home or car. 

Spring – perfect time to declutter, both stuff and old habits that are no longer serving. 

This month I'd like to suggest you take a look at de-cluttering your habits.  What do I mean by that, you ask? Let me explain.

How often do you snack away at your desk or in front to the TV when you aren't even hungry, simply because 'that's what you do'?  Or eat out several nights a week, not because you particularly enjoy it, but because that's the routine you have established? 

I'd like to encourage you to think about (or for 'brownie points' write down) how you actually spend your time.  Are you deriving the entertainment, joy, or experience you are truly hoping to get from the activity?  For example with television, how do you feel during and after having spent an hour, two or three watching? Were you hoping to feel relaxed?  Energized?  Educated?  And are you? 

Or eating out, say it costs $50.  Are you getting $50 worth of pleasure?  Think about how long it takes to earn that money (and don't forget it's after-tax dollars you spend when paying the bill!).   Do you look forward to selecting the restaurant?  Carefully picking out your meal selection?  Savor each bite, and the luxury of having someone else do the cooking, serving and clean-up?  Feel nourished by food, environment and companionship of your tablemates? 

Consider likewise looking at your habits are work.  Do you check email first thing in the morning?  What would happen, and how would you feel if you spent the first hour on your biggest project instead?

If not, consider changing your habit(s) so that you do fully experience the benefits and pleasures of the choices you make.

Would love to hear what you discover!

To your success,

Gwyneth Anne

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