One of the tools I’ve tried this summer for activating some of the new habits I want to begin as we settle into our new lifestyle here in Florida is a weekly/monthly Habit Tracking. I’ve been keeping track of New Experiences, Books Read, and New Recipes Tried for a couple of years now. While those do have target goals, for me it’s really more about listing the items to “relive the moments”. This summer’s tracking is more about checking off and being accountable to establish new habits; therefore I created a simple Check-off Tracker (on paper) with weekly and monthly items.
Here’s a snippet of what it looks like:
Roast Chicken Recipe
Tourist in Own Town
|Week 1: |
Distant Friend Connect
At the 2-month mark, here’s my mid-summer accountability. Due to weeks of Red Tide and now a COVID resurgence, my new habit formation is not going as well as I had hoped, with misses on beach activities and the out & about activities. I will probably continue the tracking into fall, when beach yoga might be do-able again and we might be able to be out & about without concern. (Wishful thinking?)
I’ve also relooked at my summer activity list in relationship to my retirement life vision statement. Sometimes it takes me awhile to find the framework, but I recently realized my vision statement “fits” a mind-body-heart-soul framework! And many of the Putting Positive Psychology into Practice elements (blog link here) I’ve been working on fit this framework as well.
My current retirement life vision statement is Active, Connected, Creative, Contemplative.
MIND = Contemplative (Thinking): Emotional Awareness, Practice Gratitude, Daily Journaling, Meditation, Activate Strengths, Stop Compare & Despair, Let Go Resentment, Shift Self-Limiting Beliefs, Courage (2021 WOTY) on the Someday-I-Wills, Explore a New Class (learning)
BODY = Active (Health): Daily Movement, Strength Train/Yoga/Beach Yoga, Sleep, Eat Healthy/Hydrate, SUP/Kayak, Bike rides, Beach walks, Zoom Zumba, Monthly Massage, Jet Tub baths
HEART = Connected (Belonging): Far-away Friends Connections, Practice Kindness, Book Club/Garden Club, Tourist in Own Town plans, Mid-Week Foodies group, ExploreDrum Circle, Explore Philanthropy, Plan Movie Night
SOUL = Creative (Authentic Self): New Experiences (track), Fun with Cooking (new recipes track), Farmer’s Market, Blogging, Savor Being Outside – Sunrises/Sunsets/Star Gaze/ Tide Watch, Crafts / Beach Art, Kitchen Refresh, Gardening/New Plants, Play More
Interestingly, in each framework area I have habits in place, new habits I am trying to form, and things that I have not yet planned nor executed.
I love when I find a meaningful structure for things, like this mind-body-heat-soul framework. And yes, my most recent exploration into Human Design reiterated this is a significant component of my personality!
Do you track things? Do you have a life framework?