I wrote a blog not long ago about needing to get better at scheduling. To expand on that thought I also need to get better at making things habit. For me I struggle greatly with things that people naturally do everyday. This struggle includes things like self care, and struggling to cook more meals than eat out. Expands into mental health issues, like not reaching out to family and friends. There are so many aspects of my life where I fail at doing things that are healthy, needed, and seem so obvious to other people. I need to make these part of my routine, make them habits instead of things I need to constantly remind myself of.
To this end I have started a journal. I have each day and make comprehensive lists. There is a section for everyday things, a section specific to that individual day of the week, and a section specific to that date. This might seem like an example of micromanaging to an extent, but it’s something I need. I need to remind myself to cook everyday, to get out of my house, to contact my family on a regular basis, to take care of things around the house or with myself. My hope is that over time I can remove things from the list without removing them from my routine. To make these things that are so important to myself and my health (mentally and physically) just normal things to do, make them habits.
For some people I don’t imagine this method would work. For me marking things off of a to do list is a wonderful feeling. It makes me feel great every time I mark through something on a to do list, and I loathe looking at a list without things marked off. That being said if you are the type of person that needs to work on making things like self care more habitual this might be something you want to consider. I will be updating how it goes, if it helps me, if once I remove things from the list if I stop keeping them as part of my routine. I am hopeful that this is a step in the right direction for me.
This does of course highlight how important it is that I do get better at scheduling. It has shown me how much I need to add to my daily life and making myself better at scheduling and sticking to it would greatly help with creating these habits.