I really didn't come into this semester with the thought, "I am going to create good habits this semester." It definitely wasn't one of my new years resolutions (I didn't have any). It just kind of happened. It's only the second week of the semester and maybe this is a little presumptuous to think that I'm actually creating good habits, but I think that noticing this about myself and being aware of what I'm doing will help me to keep up with these habits that I'm developing.
So, how did this happen?
Early Morning Classes
If you know me at all, you probably know that I despise waking up early. Morning itself is a beautiful thing and I wish that I was capable of waking up and enjoying it. I'm just not. Mornings are hard for me. Mostly because it is so difficult to wake me up. I set six alarms and I typically only actually wake up for the last two. I sleep through the first four or turn them off in my sleep. It's ridiculous, honestly. This problem actually caused me to miss my 8:30am class multiple times last semester. For this semester, I have 8:30am or 9am classes every day except for Friday and I was terrified that I would miss them due to not waking up. That's why I've started making sure I'm in my room and in bed before midnight every night. I am surprised at how well I've done with this and I really hope that I can keep it up. It has helped me to not feel so sleepy throughout the day and it has also felt good to be able to lay in bed and not feel guilty that it's 1am and I'm not asleep yet.
SO. Early morning classes are awful and I wish they didn't exist, but they have forced me to create the habit of being in bed earlier with my assignments done. Some day, waking up early will have to be my norm and I'm hoping that this is a good habit to have for when that day comes.
My current GPA isn't terrible but it could definitely improve. I've had to take general education courses every semester so far and I'm just not awesome at some of them. I've also changed my major four times since starting college, so I've had my fair share of unenjoyable classes. These factor into my lower-than-I'd-like GPA. This semester. I only have classes for my major and I'm super pumped about that. I am determined to do well in all of them, which will hopefully bring my GPA up a bit. Since that is a goal of mine, I've been trying to work ahead a little bit and to keep up with my assignments. In the past, I've been known to be a procrastinator. I am trying to eliminate that pesky flaw of mine and push some motivation and hard work in there instead.
I Want Nice Abs
I started out 2017 by working out two to three times a week. It was the first time I'd ever actually voluntarily worked out in a gym before. This lasted most of Spring semester, but then I kind of failed at having a regular work out schedule. I'm really not in great shape and I've always wanted that nice abs/flat stomach look. I decided that I'm going to get that this semester/year. I've started working out [almost] every night in my room. I've found that working out in a gym isn't the best for me because I feel kind of awkward and I really don't know how to use those weird machines. So, I've been using an app on my phone called 6 Pack Promise. It has some difficult work outs but I really like it. My abs, arms, and legs have been hurting but it's a good hurt and it has made me feel really productive and motivated.
This desire to have a flatter stomach has helped me to create this habit of working out in my room [almost] every night. I plan to keep up this habit for the rest of the semester, at least. Hopefully the more I work out, the easier it will get to do some of the more difficult work outs they have in the app.
I really like this quote that I found on Pinterest.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
Having these good habits makes me feel like I am actually getting things done and doing well. Being a procrastinator always made me feel like a failure. I was always panicking and feeling like I was falling behind (because I was). I don't want to feel like that anymore. This has been something I've struggled with all through school. I really want to work on breaking that this year. These were unknown goals before but now that I've become aware of these habits that have been manifesting in my life, I'm going to be intentionally working toward keeping them around. I want to carry them into the future.
Tell me about your good habits! How did you get them? Tell me about your bad habits! What are you going to do to get rid of them and replace them with good habits? I want to hear all about it so that I can encourage you to keep working on it. It always helps me when someone encourages me. :)
Thanks for reading!