Several weeks ago I decided that it was time to renew my focus on those practices that nourish me, that stir my creativity, that bring me peace, that help me be who I want to be, and to create what I want to create. For me, those things are yoga, meditation and journaling. I know how powerful these practices are for me, and I often turn to them, but when life gets busy they often slip by. Days pass, and suddenly I’m not as happy, not as grounded, not as creative or productive as I know I can be.
So what’s a busy girl to do? It’s simple: decide to do the things that matter to you. Make those practices a daily priority.
I created a 40 day checklist, where I can check off my progress each day. And I set simple goals. Sure, I always hope to spend an hour on yoga, 30 minutes in meditation, 30 minutes journaling, but not many days shape up that way. The important thing is to stick to the routine and honor the commitment, so to meet my goal, 2 minutes will do. A few gentle yoga stretches are enough. Two minutes sitting in meditation (I love to set a timer for this), and just a few sentences in my journal will help me reconnect to my center and keep the practice alive. And when I have time for more, even better.
Stephen Covey wrote that integrity is about making and keeping commitments, beginning with commitments to yourself. Deciding to do just that—committing to the things that feed your soul, and then honoring that commitment—is a powerful practice.
Need an extra boost? Try partnering with a friend, to keep one another accountable. When I started this practice, a friend and fellow life coach was ready to do the same. We each wrote down what we were committing to, and then emailed each other our personal lists (hers includes exercise and keeping a gratitude list). Each day, we send a quick, simple email saying as little as “done!” or or as much as we’d like about our progress. If someone is finding it hard to continue, we can check in and support one another. But simply knowing that someone else knows and cares about the commitment is a powerful incentive to stay on track.
What practices are most important to you? Are you ready to decide to do the things that matter most?