Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Creating Habits

Right. I've mentioned how I can (and do) spend hours on a beautiful schedule just for it to only last a day in real life.  I've discovered the secret for ME for setting a routine I desire is......CREATING HABITS!!!  I've talked about this before a bit, but it's really working for me...yay!

The first thing I wanted to do was make a habit of doing the dishes every night before bed so the sink is empty when I wake up.  I am happy to say I got that down. Whoot! Feels so amazing to go to bed with the dishwasher running and to wake up to a clean sink. 

Second habit I wanted to do was wake up earlier and get dressed and make my bed every day.  I have been doing really well with this one too, but still need another week before it's "habit" I think. 

The next thing I want to make a habit of is doing a load of laundry a day and folding it right away. I am HORRIBLE at laundry! I want to do this in the morning, but with Shane starting school yesterday I am so off on anything I normally do.

After that is making a nice dinner five nights a week.  Here's a secret, shhhh......I don't really like to cook that much!! Gasp. I know.  I like to bake...but for some reason putting together an entire entree seems so daunting to me. Silly I know. 

This is so funny, my husband wanted to make a list of things he could do to be a better husband. After he wrote down what I said (more dates, buy me more gifts, lol) I asked him what my list would be to be a better wife and he wrote "Gourmet cooking".  LOL. Oh I love him! Poor guy. He LOVES food. Like amazing food. He always talks about the french food we ate at a nice restaurant or an amazing dessert we had. 

I DO really want to cook amazing yummy healthy foods.  I don't dislike cooking when I'm doing it, and I really love when my family loves what I make, but I am a lazy "fast" cooker most of the time.  With four boys and a husband that just shouldn't be what I settle for though.  I am planning on challenging myself in this area.  I need to try some things and explore cooking.  More details to come, but it's gonna be good.

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Valerie said...

This is a GREAT way to approach what would otherwise feel like a LOT of BIG change all at once. Have you tried crockpot cooking? I don't love it for all things, but it can be really helpful in cutting down the time you spend cooking!

The Skinny on Staci said...

Okay, I totally lost you at "go to bed hearing the dishwasher running." GIRL! I felt sorry for you the other day. I thought you were actually DOING dishes!!!! LOL I am just jealous because I don't have a dishwasher. Doing dishes after supper means actually standing there for like 30 minutes washing and then cleaning up the kitchen. BUM-MER. I *try* to analyze my week ahead of time and say Monday is a good meal, Tuesday is an easy meal because of afternoon music lessons, Wednesday is a crockpot meal because of church that night, Thursday is another good meal, etc. It helps if I know what the week holds so I don't plan a meal that takes a lot of effort on a day that I don't have time to do it, kwim? I love the little thingy you made. Very cute! :) Congrats on all the things that you have gotten into habit of doing. Great job!