5 Tips For Launching A Successful New Habit

September 19, 2016


We know what bad habits are. But what about developing the good ones? Do you want to change or develop a new habit? How do you start a new habit?

Forming New Habits

My summer routine was interrupted by the start of school. A little voice reminds me that I don’t have school age children. So what about school interfered with my schedule? The school buses early morning route interfered with my trip to the gym. I quit going. My excuse is lame. I’ve tried to start back but without success. Does this sound like you, when you’re attempting a new routine?

So I’ve decided I need a restart.

Planning for success


  • Start Small
  • Be willing to make adjustments
  • Be practical
  • Keep a diary
  • Find an accountability partner


Starting one new habit at a time, will keep you focused. And it’s easier to stick to your goal. Trying to implement multiple changes at once, doesn’t work for me, so I don’t advise it.

A web tool that might prove helpful is I confess I haven’t tried this one but it sounds good.


Be aware that you may have to adjust some areas. If the time of day won’t work because of your work schedule, change the time or get up earlier. Perhaps the weather is a factor, develop an alternate pattern. For example with my goal of walking, I could choose an exercise video.

Don’t try something new like a diet if you going on a cruise or a vacation. Plan for success. Look at your calendar.

Keep a diary or a log of your new habit. I know this worked for me in the past. When I was working on my novel, a schedule provided the boundaries needed to finish the manuscript.

And finally, pick an accountability partner to hold you to your goal. Check in with your partner weekly to get encouragement and report your progress. In my case about walking, I talked with my husband who gave me a pep talk.

Time needed to establish a routine

 According to James Clear, “On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.” The answer is backed up by a study done by the University College of London.

The time needed to establish a routine has many variables.  Most important is getting started. For more information read the article on this subject in the Huffington Post.

Are you trying to form a new habit? Are you struggling or finding success?

Please comment. I’d love to hear about your experience.

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9

7 Time Savers That Can Create Order In Your Day 

July 4, 2016


 “Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40

Do you ever find yourself wishing for more time in your day? Perhaps you get to the end of the day and ask, “What have I accomplished?” Feelings of frustration and disappointment threaten.

Getting It Done

Many books have been written about home management and organization. After years of trial and error, I’ve found a few methods that work for me.

  1. List

  2. Day Planner

  3. Fly Lady

  4. Apps

  5. Timer

  6. Get up earlier

  7. Exercise




Making a To Do list the night before is key to a productive day. It is like programming the brain. Keep the list pared down 4 or 5 tasks. I find this keeps me from feeling overwhelmed.

Early the next day, review the list. Assign priority to each job. The important ones will be done first.

But what about the tasks that don’t get done? Researchers believe the conscious mind receives a signal when a task is left undone.  A feeling of conflict follows. When this happens, I usually feel a little nudge to get it done another day.

Day Planner

A Day Planner is useful for appointments and planning future events. I attach a Master list to the week. With any free time, I choose an extra task. This not only helps with organization but also for better time management.

Fly Lady

After I retired, I found myself wasting time.  Then I agonized over too much housework and so little time. Thankfully, I discovered The Fly Lady.  She has an amazing system for getting house work manageable.  It’s easy. Doesn’t take long to learn the system. The time saved will amaze you. I’ve been using it for about nine years.


MyLifeOrganized is a “task management system”. Tutorials are on the website, and it can be used for MAC or Windows. A free trial is offered.  Standard and Premium plans are available. I haven’t used this one, but it looks easy to use.


This is a great app for organizing. I’ve used this for research in my Fiction writing. I love the fact that images can be stored with 1 click. The Evernote web clipper is great for saving articles, content and recipes. There is a Basic version, which is free.


Focus At Will

This is a music or sound app for writing or studying. Something about the beat of the music helps the mind focus. Focus at Will minimizes distractions. I loved it.


An egg timer is an easy way to time certain projects. Android phones have a timer that can be used. When I have trouble focusing on writing, it helps to have a block of time scheduled. Something about knowing I have x amount of minutes to complete a task, keeps me focused.

Getting Up Early

Getting up an hour earlier can help with getting jobs done before work and/or before the family awakens.


Taking a walk, even 30 minutes a day will increase your energy. If you can’t manage exercise at the end of your day, try getting up earlier.

Challenges occur

When interruptions to your routine occur. Stop. Take a deep breath.  Allow a few minutes to rearrange your priorities. The reality is life happens and there’s always tomorrows list.

You will be surprised to find how much time you can save in using these suggestions.  I urge you to try them. There are many other organizational tips out there. Would you be willing to share time savers that you’ve found helpful?