Ugh – The Struggle is Real

Three habits you struggle to break.

I think we all have “negative” habits, or things we do that keep us from being our best selves. My habits aren’t hooorrible but they definitely are areas for improvement.

  1. Putting myself overcapacity. I get really excited about opportunities or things I want to do and forget to pace myself. Inevitably, I push myself too hard and burnout, forcing me to “reset”. I’m getting better at managing my capacity and putting more forecasting into what could take my time and energy, but it’s a constant battle with myself.
  2. Sabotaging progress with counteractive behavior. Pay down debt – spend more money. Exercise – eat crap food. I have a really annoying habit of maintaining the status quo by engaging in counteractive activities that don’t allow for progress to be made. I’m becoming hyper aware of what those behaviors are so I’m getting better about stopping myself, but good gravy, it’s annoying.
  3. Managing a poor sleep struggle. This bad habit is new since having the boys. (Maybe most parents do this?) Or maybe it’s the result of having my own business (the timing is exactly the same.) I used to be diligent about getting 8 hours of sleep a night but now once I pass the five hour mark, if I wake up, I’m up the rest of the day. I try to get myself back to sleep but usually I’m overcapacity (see item 1) and my brain is running a million miles a minute. I’ve started using Headspace to help me get back to sleep, but again, it’s a process.

I’m actively working on all of these, taking baby steps to get to the underlying source behaviors. If you haven’t read it yet, Atomic Habits by James Clear has, in my opinion, a great system for building new positive habits and kicking negative ones to the curb. Check it out here.

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