Reflecting on the last month or so I’ve been wondering what are my priorities? What do I need to do? What do I want to do? What is good for me to do? What will help make progress? What is great fun? What inspires me?
I’ve been using a system in which I have set goals for three months. I have planned roughly what needs to happen over this period each week. Then daily I can target bite sized chunks. Lo and behold…I’ve been getting lots done. It’s great.
But at the end of each week when paying attention to how I managed my time, a pattern has emerged. I tend to prioritise tasks that I find difficult; which is good (I didn’t used to). They take a long time; which is inevitable. I have learned lots of new stuff; which is fantastic. Yet painting, the very thing that I love, the thing that fills me with spirit had only happened on average three times a week. Not good, not good at all.
Thankfully I’m still within my three months and I have realised that this is my forever highest priority. Phew! So I have been habit stacking. Gradually adding new habits to things I was already doing and it’s really working. Here’s my happy habits.
Early to rise, I read a novel for half an hour. Have breakfast. A quick Spanish lesson for fifteen minutes. Then studio time. Shower. Exercise. Lunch.
This way all my needs are met and I still have the afternoon. I can do more of the same or choose something entirely different. My painting is flowing. I’m loving the novels. My Spanish is improving. I’m getting fitter. Taking photographs on walks.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
Leonardo Da Vinci