This is part of the 21-Day Lifestyle Revamp Program series.
I just watched How To Train The Dragon (3D) yesterday. I love it – I'd easily give it a 5 out of 5 stars. Love the story, the message and the friendship between the boy and the dragon. And fantastic animation to boot. I highly recommend it especially if you are looking for a nice film to kick back, relax and enjoy to.
It's Day 6 of my program now. It's Saturday morning 8:10am, I'm eating strawberries at the comfort of my room, and it's raining outside as I'm typing this. A nice day to rest in and get things done, while relaxing and enjoying at the same time.The past 5 days on the program felt natural. The first couple of days felt really new, fresh and exciting. Now as the days go on everything has become automated. I automatically turn in early at 12am (early compared to my past standards of sleeping at 3~4am or even later), I wake up early, I leave early for my appointments so that I reach on time, etc. There's little resistance to this new lifestyle.
Here's some quick updates on the 8 habits so far:
- Wake up at 5am. – Surprisingly easy, as long as I ensure I have enough sleep the day before. Sleeping at 12am is definitely a key enabler for this.
- Sleep no later than 12am. – There are days when some of my tasks overrun which risk cutting into my bedtime. Since everything will impact the schedule the next day, what I do is (1) Evaluate and eliminate the unnecessary tasks (2) Schedule the necessary ones for the next morning to complete them. Sticking to the bedtime routine is critical.
- Spend at least 4hrs 6hrs / day on my blog. - I enjoy working on my blog, so there's no problem in getting to work on them. I easily spend more than 4 hrs/day on average for them.
- Timeliness: Being on time for my appointments. – Surprisingly easy as well. What really helped is waking early and intentionally leaving early for my appointments. I never have to rush and I reach early, which feels terrific.
- Stick to my skincare regimen (morning+night). – There are some resistances sometimes as it can be a hassle. Yet, I'm beginning to see improvements on my skin over the past 6 days (possibly from doing the skincare routine, getting proper sleep and/or the raw diet), so this is reinforcing the habit.
- Spirituality: Meditate every evening. No problem on this. This has helped to reduce the total amount of sleep required and is critical for me to wake up early.
- Self-Enrichment: Read a book or listen to a podcast. – Great for bedtime reading, after my meditation. In fact, I've added this to my mornings too where I listen to a self-help podcast while I clear my mail/FB/Twitter msges/requests.
- Start raw vegan diet: Out of all the habits, the ease of this one took me by the most surprise. I was expecting resistances eating raw again, but it was surprisingly easy. I automatically reach out for fruits/salads/nuts, and I don't have the urge to eat cooked food. There are times here and there when I think about eating cooked food, but that's few and far in between. I'll continue to monitor this in Week 2 to see the progress.
If you are interested, my daily schedule has been normalized to this:
- 5am – Wake up, Wash up, Breakfast
- 5:15am – Review the day ahead
- 5:20am – Process email/tweeter/FB/blog comments + Listen to podcast
- 7:30am – Write a new blog post or guest post
- 9am – Work on TSOPE or blog related tasks
- 11:30am: Lunch
- 12:30pm – Work on TSOPE or blog related tasks
- 5:30pm – Dinner
- 6:30-10:30pm – Either Work, Coaching, Meeting Friends, Recreation, Exercise, depending on what I have planned
- 10:30pm – Wash up, Brush teeth
- 11pm – Plan for tomorrow
- 11:10pm – Meditate
- 11:30pm – Read book/Listen to podcast
- 12ampm – Sleep
I go to lunch / dinner earlier to avoid the crowds. If I happen not to make it on time, I'll go at a later time after the peak hours. This helps to save a lot of time lost in jostling with crowds, queuing and waiting. Also I work from home several days a week, so that cuts out the commuting time and gives me more time to get things done.
Tips To Make Your Habits Stick
I notice from the comments that some of you have difficulty making your habits last beyond the first few days. I've written a guest post at LifeHack.Org on 6 Ways To Make Your Habits Stick which you might find helpful. Those are my personal tried and proven methods that have made the transition to my new lifestyle almost seamless.
Don't feel that you're alone in your habit change because you aren't. There are always people around you who are more than willing to support you, Personal Excellence and its readers included. It's amazing seeing all of you posting and sharing your commitment to change your habits in the original articles. We are also here to support each other too, so feel free to extend for help if needed.
Next 2 Weeks
If things go as they are in the past 6 days, I don't foresee any difficulties in staying on track for the next 2 weeks. This has been a terrific trial so far and I'm very glad I embarked on this program along with all of you guys. I might post an update in Week 2 if there's a need, and do a round up at the end of the 21 days. Meanwhile, feel free to share your experience so far or your thoughts, whether you're on the trial or not.