From Change to Changed: Plan Your Check-Ins
Did you know that, on average, it takes 66 days to form a habit? The nine weeks of this Educator Rejuvenation Challenge have brought you through those days, but now it’s on you to keep moving and improving. You already have what you need. You just need to monitor your progress and your motivation and stay on top of things. You got this! Set a calendar reminder for 30, 60, and 90 days to check on yourself.
You can use this nifty list to help assess and guide you back on track if you find yourself veering off. And honestly? You will. Nobody is perfect. It’s about progress, not perfection. Remember that!
Are you using your techniques to let go of stress and tension?
- Exercise — Just 20 minutes a day will release stress. Bonus benefits for repetitive movement.
- Take naps — Quick power naps improve cognitive function, boost the immune system, heighten creativity, and reduce stress.
- Enjoy nature — Don’t forget to ditch your shoes to allow the transfer of electrons from the earth’s surface to your body.
Are you controlling your mind so it doesn’t control you?
- Learn to coexist with your mind — it’s not going anywhere so accept it, hear it for what it’s worth, and learn to peacefully exist with its chatter.
- Use the big 90 seconds — that’s how much time you have between a thought and the feeling to keep cool and in control.
- Smile — it’s impossible to be unhappy with a smile (it’s science!).
Are you getting proper nutrition?
- Eat mood-boosting nutrients — protein, vitamin D, folate, chromium, vitamin B6, fiber
- Nourish your mind, spirit, and soul — nutrition doesn’t stop in the kitchen. Keep learning, surround yourself with exceptional people, strive.
Are you advocating for you what you need?
- Be your own cheerleader — nobody is going to care about your goals and dreams more than you.
- Say your 3 mantras:
- People-pleasing is a trap.
- You will be no good to anyone if you don’t take care of yourself first.
- It’s okay to ask for help.
Are you focusing on the right things?
- Follow your blueprint — stick to your focus list and make sure your days mimic this list. It’s how you’ll achieve your goals and live with purpose every step of the way.
- Reflect — are you taking time everyday to be honest with yourself about how you’re spending your time?
- Perspective — are you shifting your perspective to see the big picture impact?
Are you practicing self-care?
- Drink water — half your weight in ounces a day for optimal cell function, increased energy, and more.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep — create a routine to help get your whole body in sync. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Unplug — do relaxing things away from a screen so you’re engaged in the practice.
- Journal — amazing things happen for those who write.
Are you on the path to achieve your goals?
- Micro goals — set them, achieve them, use them to propel you forward
- Intermediate goals — are you getting close to them? Are they still relevant or do they need to shift?
- Long-term goals — keep your why front and center and be specific.
Remember, habits are a process — and 66 days is the average. That means some people may take less time to latch onto a habit, while others may take more time to get the routine ingrained. It’s ok to veer off course. The point is, you’re making the effort to correct course and keep one hand on the steering wheel.
Cheers to that.