CHANGING ACTIONS by DEVELOPING HABITS

by Tina

Often we think of habits as something negative; however, if we develop certain habits, they can make a positive change to our lives.  ADD/ADHD Coaching involves having the support, encouragement, and accountability from someone who understands your way of thinking so that desired actions can come from developing new habits.

This Ultimate Blog Challenge is the perfect example of developing a habit.  No, I doubt I will blog daily after this month; however, I do hope this attempt to post daily will help me to develop a habit of blogging more than once a week.  This is the desired action I want to change as a result. 

Do you ever find yourself late for work or appointments because you can’t find your keys?  An example of what an ADD/ADHD Coach can help a client change is where he or she is keeping car keys so that they can be found anytime they are ready to go somewhere.  We would begin by talking about a likely place that the client could put the keys each day when he or she gets home.  Then as the process or habit develops, the client would be able to find his or her keys without it making him or her late for a destination.

What are some actions you would like to change by developing new habits?  It just takes repetition, practice, support, and encouragement.  I would love for you to share!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

AM

Because I have back problems, there are exercises I am supposed to do daily. I want to get into the habit of doing the exercises twice a day. There is a consequence if I don’t do them on waking and before bed – pain and stiffness. I still manage to skip them. I have a routine during the week (when I work) but then on weekends the routine flies out the window and the exercises with them.

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Tina

Good for you for having a routine during the week! You aren’t giving yourself enough credit here. There must be certain time you do the exercises during the week and/or something or action that you attach to the exercising during the week…such as before or after eating.

Is there anything you can use to remind you to do the exercises on the weekend? What do you do when you get up on Saturdays? How could you incorporate the exercises into what you do when you first get up on Saturdays? Try to work the exercises in this one time during the weekend until it becomes a habit; then begin to work the exercising in at another time during the weekend in the same manner. Does this sound doable? I hope it helps! Take care of you! And thanks for reading. :)

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Cathy Jennings

Tina,

The word “habit” has such a negative connotation for me that I forget it can be so positive. (there was a store in a town where I once lived called “HABITS: Tobacco, Alcohol and Lottery Tickets” — need I say more?)

I, too, joined the challenge to help make my blogging more consistent and to make a more focused effort on my writing. Let’s cheer one another on!

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Tina

Hi, Cathy!

Isn’t it so odd how “habit” does make us think of primarily negatives?! MUCH has to do with society, which is what your example so clearly shows.

I’m all for cheering one another on! We can do this! Take care of you. And THANKS for reading. :)

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Florida Gardener

I do not have ADHD, or at least I hope… :) But you bring up some good points about accountability, especially your own. I too signed up for a blog challenge in hi-ho, but when it actually approached I almost panicked at the responsibility of it. Good point about developing a habit. If we take it one step at a time and just do it, the overwhelming task will take care of itself. Repetition, practice, support and encouragement. Great advice, thanks!

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Tina

Hi, FL Gardener!

I understand about the panic as today approached. And I love your wording about taking it one step at a time. That is what I remind my clients and myself constantly; in fact, we often use “baby steps” in our discussions. You are welcome for the “advice.” I was certainly speaking to myself as well! Hope you find other posts interesting as well! Take care of you.

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