About Habitual Me


Habitual Me is about two roommates (ages 25 and 27) who are vowing to make life what they want it to be by creating new habits.  Each habit is established – one at a time – by repeating it every day for 21 days in a row.  This idea is based on the theory that it takes 21 solid days of repeating a behavior to create and solidify a new habit (or break an old one).  That  means that in one year, we can create 17 new habits – that’s pretty much enough to reinvent yourself…

With this theory in mind, we (Sophie and Deryn) decided to embark on a one-year quest to become the people we’ve always wanted to be.  We planned in advance which qualities we admire and would like to exude.  We started brainstorming personality characteristics such as ‘classy’, ‘musical’, ‘generous’, ‘well-read’ etc.  Then, we came up with “habits” that correspond with these characteristics.  For example, a ‘fit’ woman – to us – exercises, meditates and eats healthy (our habits #3, 4 and 5).  We came up with 17 habits that emanate the 10 characteristics we wanted to have.  Ideally, we will continue with each habit after the designated 21 days end, because – after all – that’s the point!

Here is our complete list of characteristics with their corresponding habits:

Well-Read:

1. Read 30 minutes a day for 7 days, and 1 hour a day for 14 days – 9/13/10 – 10/3/10

Early-Riser:

2. Wake up at 6:00 am on weekdays and 7:00 am on weekends – 10/4/10 – 10/24/10

Fit (Mind and Body):

3.     Exercise at least 30 minutes every day – 10/25/10 – 11/14/10

4.     Meditate or do yoga at least 30 minutes every day – 11/15/10 – 12/5/10

5.     Eat healthy at every meal – 12/6/10 – 12/26/10

Independently Domestic:

6.     Cook a complete dinner from scratch every night – 12/27/10 – 1/16/11

7.     Sew or crochet for 30 minutes every day – 1/17/11 – 2/6/11

Clean:

8.     Keep our apartment and cars clean 24/7 – 2/7/11 – 2/27/11

9.     Keep ourselves clean (shower, moisturize and floss daily, wash face and brush teeth twice a day, etc.) – 2/28/11 – 3/20/11

Musician:

10.  Practice a musical instrument for 30 minutes a day – 3/21/11 – 4/10/11

Bilingual:

11.  Practice a new language for 30 minutes a day (Sophie – Spanish, Deryn – Italian) – 4/11/11 – 5/1/11

Spontaneous:

12.  Try one completely new thing every day 5/2/11 – 5/22/11

Generous:

13.  Do one nice thing for someone else every day – 5/23/11 – 6/12/11

Classy:

14.  Practice good posture – 6/13/11 – 7/3/11

15.  Practice verbal etiquette (Saying please, thank you, yes instead of yeah, proper introductions and no cursing) – 7/4/11 – 7/24/11

16.  Get fully dressed and put together every day (Hair done, makeup on, coordinated outfit, nails painted) – 7/25/11 – 8/14/11

Family Oriented:

17.  Connect with at least one family member each day – 8/15/11 – 9/4/11

5 responses

21 09 2010
ReadersHeaven

Hi, nice to meet you !

30 10 2010
amna

Excellent, what a wonderful idea (claps). I am so inspired by this idea of re inventing yourself by changing one habbit at a time. In Eastern cultures they have a 40-days system..one must continue to practice the new skills/regime etc. for 40 days in a row..if you break it, you must start all over again.
21 days sound much more doable, and only with half an hour from our daily day life.
Thank you for sharing this..a list of what I would like to achieve is already appearing in my head 🙂
I can see you writing a best seller and on Oprah’s network 🙂
Cheers

http://www.amnamehwish.wordpress.com

4 11 2010
Sophie

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! I have never heard of the 40-day system in Eastern cultures – I will definitely have to look into that. It’s wonderful to know that this has inspired other people to do the same. I would love to hear some of the ideas forming on your list.

30 10 2010
amna

Also emailing this list to share with my sisters..

9 11 2010
Expressmom

LOVE THIS IDEA! You are both so clever. Good luck, I’ll have to keep checking in to see how you are doing.

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