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Habitually Speaking

January 19, 2022

Third and final piece of wonderful in this series, starting yet again with Stephanie Vozza at FastCompany.com —

Just when you got used to remote working, many employers are calling back teams to office or hybrid arrangements. This can be a big disruptor to the habits you’ve adopted, good or bad.

“So many habits were disrupted during the pandemic, but what’s interesting is that some people have introduced positive habits, such as eating more healthfully because they’re cooking more or doing morning meditations because they’re not commuting,” says Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)

Some habits may be worse, such as watching more television or no longer going to the gym. Rubin suggests being honest with yourself by asking, “How do I hold on to the things that are working better for me? How might those things be challenged? And how do I get back to the habits that I’ve maybe lost or got disrupted?”

“Consider what your next normal will be by reflecting over the past year and mindfully choosing what stays and what goes as you move forward,” she says.

Habits often form before you realize it, as a reaction to our surroundings. Rubin says it’s important to step back, give yourself a little space and time, and think about what you want your life to look like. “Ask yourself, ‘What’s working and what’s not working?’” she says. “Then determine how you will build toward this next normal by mindfully shaping new habits.”

— Kathie Waltman is a real life friend who advises, “Make new routines not new resolutions.”

Christ Jesus himself asks, “Suppose you want to build something. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough to complete it?” (Luke 14:18, RDSV)

So what are 3 new routines or habits you can implement today?

And what’s your first step?

As always, I’d love to hear from you about this, or anything else, any of our usual ways!

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