There are 2 things I especially enjoy about the month of January. I love the fact that January means that Spring is only a couple of months away! January is also a great time to look back on your life and take stock of how you’ve been doing, and to also look ahead and make adjustments. I love that process! This year especially, because I’ve identified a few old habits that I’d like to make a more-regular part of my life in 2022 and in the years ahead.
First, I’d like to get back into the habit of consuming personal development material. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books and listening to podcasts about biographies and historic events, which have been very interesting and enjoyable. However, this month I started listening to personal development podcasts and reading books on the same topic. I have been reminded what a boost this kind of content is to my attitude and outlook. This is something I want more of.
I’ve also started exploring options for regional travel. I live in the Pacific Northwest and there are all sorts of cool places to get out and see and explore. A lot of our travel over the past few years (not counting COVID years) has been out of the region. While we still want to do plenty of other travel, we’re also focusing on seeing what’s to us in the PNW. I’m finding there’s plenty of adventure out there just waiting for us to discover it.
Finally, I’ve started journaling again. This is one habit that I’ve had a hard time sticking to long term. I seem to have seasons where I’m journaling more, but I’d really like to make this a regular daily habit. The reason is because I’m just better personally when I’m journaling regularly. My thinking feels clearer, I feel more observant and engaged in life, and I like the ability to go review what I’ve read in years past. It chronicles my own personal growth journey.
What habits to you have (or have had) that you’d like to make a more regular part of your life? Give it some thought, and when you come up with something, put systems in place to ensure the behavior does, indeed, become a habit. Your future self is rooting for you!