I think I got my morning routine all figured out.
I wake up at 05:30-06:00 and just start checking off all of my habits one by one, its almost an automatic prosses by now.
I’ve been doing the same morning routine almost two years now, it also took me about two years to figure out what works for me and truly implement my habits in it, you can have a look at it here.
And it’s so nice to get so much done before most of my friends even wake up!
That got me thinking, what if I can do this all day? or most of the day… how will my day look like?
I’ve been trying to make changes to my daily routine for a long time.
I would think of what I want to accomplish and write it down, next I would make a list of all the things I need to do, and it would work.
But, sooner or later I would find myself engulfed with lists… and the next thing I know, I don’t do any of it.
So much for trying to make new habits stick, but what is the problem? It took me some time to figure it out.
Stop Making Lists, Start Making Habits
I tried many deferent ways to find a solution to my problem. Eventually, I found it on my phone.
It has to be simple otherwise it won’t work, “keep it simple and stupid!” – that is a good motto to go by if you want to teach/learn stuff, and also to get things to stick in your life.
But phones are nothing but simple, especially after they became “smart”. Personally, I try to use my phone as little as I can!
I just feel like this device is always looking for a way to control my life and keep me plugged in all the time!
So, Why Use The Phone?
I was looking for a simple way to implement new things and habits into my day to day life, not just my morning routine.
I tried so many apps on habits and routine training, they all were nice, but they all were too complex and at times, wanted that I would invest more time in doing stuff on my phone than actually doing what I want in REAL LIFE!
And I’m not even scratching the surface of unrelated, irrelevant, pointless sh*t they put in apps to get you to open your wallet, watch ads or any other annoying and time-consuming activities that have nothing to do with my goal!
So, like always, after I was about to give up on the whole app search, I found it, a “simple and stupid” app that worked (for me, you can try it out for yourself if you want)
I don’t get paid in any way if you use it, I’m just sharing what works for me as I’m always trying to improve myself, so it is reasonable that perhaps in the future I’d find a new way (hopefully one that won’t involve my phone) and I’d share it too.
Why this one and not all the others?
- Free of ads! – yes, I get to do what I want without some advertiser popping up every now and then.
- Open source – for all of you that have no idea what that means, you can get the code of this app and use it as you wish for your own projects, the developers build it for the community (if you’re into that stuff, check it out on GitHub).
- It is truly simple to use.
How It Works
(I will try to keep this technical part to a minimum)
Well, first you install the app =)
Then all you need to do is open it and press that small + button at the top right.
Add your habits one by one.
You can set a name and color (like ‘exercise’ or ‘study’).
You can also add a notification question that will ask you something like “did you do your exercise today?” or whatever you’ll want to write instead (I left that one blank).
Next, set your repeat days, you can do every combination of days you want or mark all of them for an everyday habit.
And lastly, set a reminder time.
That’s it, done!
So every time you’d complete your habit for the day you should get into the app and mark it done on the main screen.
But that is not that convenient to do, I know about myself that at a certain point I’d just stop using the app and it will get into the list of all the other nice but not effective apps.
But here is when the good part begins, after that first setup of your habits list you should exit the app and never open it again!
And Here Is Your Habits Sucsess Tip From Me
This app has one awesome widget!
This is my phone’s home screen and I’ve added my habits check marks as a widget to my home screen.
Every day, they appear with a greyish half transparent background with an X in them.
After I will get one of them done I’d just press the X and it will color itself and turn into a V.
Why this is such a good thing? Think about it, how many times a day do you open your phone?
The first thing you see is your home screen and on it are your habits for that day!
No way you’ll forget them.
Ohh One Last Thing!
PLEASE DON’T OVER DO IT!
Don’t go and get 28 new habits into the app, you’ll never do them all!
Try to start with one, after a week, add another one and keep it at a minimum, about 5 is a good place to be.
My Daily Habits Are
- Stretching – if you haven’t read the post about my mobility challenge I’m on a yearly challenge to improve my mobility.
- Reading – simply because I don’t read as much as I’d like to, I just finished reading DRAWN – THE ART OF ASCENT by Jeremy Collins, you can read my thoughts about the book here.
- Flute – I haven’t played the flute for a long time and I want to get back to it, I’ll probably write a post about it soon.
- Meditation – My way of trying to upgrade my morning routine as a replacement for the resting part in my routine.
- Flag Training – As part of my resent challenge post, stay tuned for next week’s post where I’ll show you the results of this challenge!
This post was a bit deferent from the usual posts that I write but I kinda like it =) anyway, I wanted to give you all a bit of the ‘behind the scenes’ of how I do/start doing things in my life.