"Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life."
When I read* this simple, yet powerful statement in Gretchen Rubin's book, 'Better than Before', it struck a chord inside me.
I felt provoked to question the construction of my day.
If I was building a house, I would want the very best foundation possible. I'd research quality materials and floor plans conducive to the lifestyle I lead. I'd build in a suburb akin to my needs and I'd pray for good (and quiet!) neighbours.
So when constructing my life, I do the same. Every single day is a piece of a puzzle that forms who I am. And how I choose to use each day makes a big difference to the life I have, and more importantly, the life I want to have.
I never sleep with makeup on. I did this often in my early 20s. I didn't see how one night could make a difference. I know now!
I brush my teeth every time I leave the house. "Keys, Phone, Wallet, Teeth.."
I drink a big bottle of water every time I'm watching a movie on the couch. I don't even realise I'm doing it.
I listen to podcasts when I am folding laundry or going for a run. I am so deep in thought, I want to do more housework or exercise so I can continue listening to them.
I have hundreds of habits; unfortunately not all support my ideal lifestyle.
But I'm always a work in progress.
'Better than Before' is an excellent book with many thought-provoking ideas and suggestions. It's the first of Gretchen Rubin's books that I've read and I've gotten a lot out of it!
Remember, habits remove the need for willpower. They save your mental energy.
I don't have to think about showering, putting on makeup or styling my hair each day. These are part of my morning routine, constructing of habits that work for me to live the life I love.
*I actually listened to 'Better than Before' on audiobook. I'm addicted to Audible.com! It's especially great for books that are not available in Australia.