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8 things I want to turn into habits.

Sometimes I do things. Those things make me feel good. They make me feel happy, organised, productive and uplifted. I’d love to do those things…

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5 thingsSometimes I do things. Those things make me feel good. They make me feel happy, organised, productive and uplifted.

I’d love to do those things every day or week, but making things a habit requires practice so I thought I’d create a post about the things I’m working on to do to make life a little easier for me. Or to just make me feel good.

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1. Spend 5-10 minutes a day putting things away before work.

I usually have a bit of spare time while getting ready for work. I use that time to refresh social media, e-mail and do nothing at all productive.

It’s usually the point where I’m basically ready to go to work, but I don’t want to brush my teeth yet because I’ve not finished my coffee.

I’d like to spend this time making my bed, putting away any clothes, towels or make-up and cleaning my desk.

It’s so nice to come home to a room that’s tidy, so I can just switch my computer on and get straight to working on blog posts without feeling that I’m fighting my way through dirty cups, makeup brushes and hair products sprawled all over my desk.

2. A face mask once a week.

I did get into the habit of doing a face mask every Sunday evening before showering and washing my hair – but for some reason, I’ve not done it over the past few weeks.

I’d like to get back into the routine of doing a face mask every week to help my skin. I find it best to apply the mask right before I get into the shower and wash it off in the shower.

Washing face masks off in the sink really bothers me. I hate it when water rolls down my arms and up my sleeves.

3. Use my travel time well.

It takes me 45 minutes to get to work and can take up to an hour and 15 minutes to get home in rush hour traffic.

While I do enjoy rocking out to music in the car – I’ve been finding audiobooks and podcasts are a much better way of passing the time.

I specifically like audiobooks that focus on development and how to be more productive or be a better leader. While some of them can be a bit of common sense, or things we already know, I think reminding ourselves of the importance and impact of things can really help to make them part of our natural behaviour.

I’m a bit of a worrier, so my next book is going to be How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie, the author of the famous book How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Woo.

You can also read about another book I listened to, read and loved here: The Power of Habit.

4. Drink a green tea once a day.

I’m a massive coffee and tea addict.

Green tea is known for being great for you. It has many benefits including boosting your metabolism and decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. I’ve been working hard at drinking a cup a day. Sometimes it’s harder than others – I usually have a cup after a workout, but I often skip this if I’m working!

I’ve been trying out some new flavours lately and I’m particularly loving Twining’s range of Green tea. The have one with ginger, a salted caramel one and a caramelised apple flavour. Yum.

5. Put my clothes away straight away.

I’m terrible at being tidy in general. I have so much stuff and I actually think that if I had all my clothes washed and cleaned, there wouldn’t be a enough places to put them away.

I’ve been having a few clear outs lately. On New Years eve, I got rid of two big bin bags of clothes. This was reduced to one big bag after my housemate and her sister had a look through them. It was all pretty decent stuff, I just never wore it.

When I wash my clothes, I want to be able to put them away when they’re dry straight away rather than leaving them in piles on my floor.

This only takes about 10 minutes, I don’t know why it seems like such a massive task!

6. Burn scented candles. 

I’ve never really bought into the whole scented candle thing. I viewed candles as a waste of money. But after buying one over Christmas while getting into the Christmas spirit, there’s nothing cuter than having a candle burning on your desk while you’re drinking tea and blogging.

It just puts me in a good mood.

7. Get dressed on days off.

I’m not great at getting dressed if I’m not going out. If best, I’ll put workout clothes on, then shower after working out, then put more PJs on.

I’d really like to get into the habit of getting my workout done and then have a shower and get dressed if I’m not working, rather then lounging around until the afternoon.

I just have this massive internal battle about feeling like there’s no point wearing out my clothes if I’m not going anywhere!

8. Look after my eyebrows.

I’m terrible at plucking my eyebrows. I just hate it so much.

Every little tickle or irritation causes me to sneeze, so plucking my eyebrows just turns into a massive, ticklish, painful sneeze-fest. I only pluck my eyebrows if I’m doing blog post photos with pictures of my face in, or if there’s a special occasions.

I’m going to leave my tweezers on the shelf above my sink to remind myself to keep on top of them.

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I think that’s enough habit making for now – what things would you like to make into habits?

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57 comments

  1. I’m seriously so bad at putting clothes away. I literally spend so much time using nice things and softener etc to make them all lovely and then I throw them into my wardrobe without a thought! I’m so backwards sometimes haha. xx

  2. Those are good things to make into habits. I’m such a worrier, I need to learn how to just let go. Green tea is so good, I love having it and it gives a nice break to the day. That’s a good idea burning your scented candles when blogging, I like lighting them during meals cause it makes such a nice and calm atmosphere. 🙂 xx

    NIKIMINT

  3. These are great habits! I’m all about putting things away and cleaning. I really can’t stand if things are messy!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  4. Ah great post 🙂 I want to get into the habit of doing yoga every day but i’m so tired when I’m not busy or I just have other things to do, but I’m sure really if i tried i could fit it in! xo

  5. I hope you get into the habit without realizing you doing it and it becomes a routine the facial mask is so good and always a tidy room help keep your mind refresh.

  6. Love this post, many are things I should do as well. Every morning before work, I spend 20 minutes watching youtube videos, then I realize I`m late and leave everything in a mess. This needs to stop! I think I will put an alarm 10 minutes before I have to go, this will give me time to pick up my things.

  7. I’m drinking green tea everyday too! As well as the benefits you mentioned it’s also supposed to be great for the skin/complexion. At the moment I’m just drinking plain green tea, but I’ll have to try the flavoured ones you mentioned, because I’m not too keen on the flavour of green tea in general.

  8. id love to get into the habit of putting clothes away, as you say it never takes long but feels like such a chore! id also like to keep on top of tidying, and drink more water each day.

  9. Love the post!! I really wish I could do the face masks , !! Honestly I am just so lazy lol

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
    ♥♥♥

  10. Oooooh I didnt realise Twinings did caramel green teas! Going to give them a go as I just can’t get on with the green tea taste. Blergh!

  11. I love drinking green tea, I have at least one/two cups a day. I find it easiest to drink in the evening after i’ve had my dinner! 🙂

    I have a new outfit post on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

    * Electric Sunrise – Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *

    x

  12. I made drinking 8+ glasses of water a priority last year and it has done wonders for me. I need to be better about exercising regularly this year.

  13. Aw thanks for sharing these lovely tips! They are really helpful and inspirational! Have a nice day!
    xx
    cvetybaby.com

  14. I need to start using face mask once a week too and am still trying to learn how to stop checking my iPhone when I am with my little one. It’s a bad habit that I am hoping to break soon.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  15. These are some seriously great habits that I’d like too. Putting stuff away immediately, wearing facemasks… I definitely need that. And getting dressed on days off is a definite thing to work on too haha.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

  16. I love scented candles, they’re awesome. I should get into the tidying and green tea habit too, I just need to find a green tea I don’t utterly loathe the taste of. I can’t force myself to drink things I don’t like. The salted caramel one looks interesting though 🙂

  17. I really like this post. It doesn’t take long to form habits so these points seem more achievable than most resolutions. I would like to make my travel time more worthwhile too. I walk to work and listen to music but often think I should be listening to podcasts that are a lot more useful. The problem is the time it takes to download what I need, add it to my iTunes library then upload it to my rather old fashioned iPod!

  18. Haha, I could have written this. Nearly every point you have made it something I am also trying to do.

    I like the idea of the flavored green tea. I have been persevering with the pure type but it is a bit dull! I also need to start making my bed period…

    Petite Pomme

  19. This post made me laugh because I actually think we are all trying to work on the same things, but once your wrote them it makes it feel more real so you can’t do like is not important…

    See you Corinne xx

  20. I really enjoyed reading through this list, a lot of what you mentioned are stuff I want to turn into habits too. I hate green tea, but I want to make it into a habit of drinking it instead of hot chocolate and tea (both which I drop copious amounts of sugar in!). Another habit I want to get into is washing the dishes straightaway. The only dishwasher we have is our hands, and after a big filling meal, you don’t want to stand around and wash up. However washing them the next day is gross, seeing as the plates go crusty!
    It’sMyLife

  21. I don’t think I’d like podcasts, I used to fall asleep in my lectures – people talking at me just bores me. I think you’ll get into the green tea habit soon, I used to drink three cups of coffee a day and now I only drink green tea!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  22. Great list of habits tidying, the candels, face masks I really like. Using time widely and green tea is very good for you. Mine would be to use time wisely, not to procrastinate so much, eat healthier when at home and have a good clear out of my junk Lucy x

  23. I think these are some cool things to turn to habits. I’m with you on getting dressed on days off (as I sit on my bed in a t-shirt and shorts lol). Sometimes if I have nothing to do, I just don’t make the effort to get dressed/put on makeup. I need to work on making that a habit too.

    Z.

  24. I really need to improve all of them…The only one that i do is the third.Well most of the time now that i think about it…probably i need to work on all of them…

  25. You’ve definitely pointed out some things there that would help make life easier really haha.
    Two other things I have to get into a habit of this year is gym! And writing notes up systematically… after each lecture..

    Great post!

    Klaudia x

  26. I guess I’ll probably drink green tea as well everyday. I have to try it, the salted caramel perhaps 🙂 Thanks for the idea! 🙂

    Looking forward to see more of your posts!

    I’m now following you on bloglovin. Hope you’ll do the same 🙂
    Have a nice day, Corinne! 🙂

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    http://www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

  27. Eyebrows! I’m so big on taking care of my eyebrows. Mine are naturally thick so I have them threaded every few weeks, but it’s so stressful Dx You should having your eyebrows threaded, they hurt but they look fab in the end 🙂

  28. Great list, I’m basically working on the same things 🙂 I’ve been quite good with the face mask thing lately so am feeling slightly proud of myself 🙂 x

    thebellenarrative.com

  29. Nice! Some of my habits are the same! For example, every morning around 40min I do nothing productive but I feel great this way! I like the idea of the audio-book. I also drink at least 2 cups of green tea. It makes me feel good. I don’t dress up for the weekends though. I prefer to throw a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers. Good list, I like it!

  30. Yes to putting clothes away! I’ve been trying to do this more too. And giving myself plenty of time before bed to make sure I take my make-up off. I am also trying to decide my outfit for the next day the night before, or I end up flapping in the mornings and being late to work!
    Cx

  31. yay, happy habit-making! i’ve not set myself habits to make as such, but i’ve kind of started this 2 minute rule that is making me create better habits anyway by not letting me procrastinate that much. basically i do everything straight away if it takes 2min or less, which is good for things like putting things to their right places or doing the dishes, haha! xx

  32. hey those are some good habits u have chosen
    I guess i wanna have less coffee ,spend more time with hubby those are the two things i definitely want to do more this year

  33. I am bad at plucking my eyebrows and putting my clothes away too! I’ll have to read this and motivate myself whenever I start being untidy or lazy about those things! Nice post! You have a really nice blog! Xx

  34. These are really great goals! Some of them I would immediately fail at, like tidying my room in the morning, but others, like drinking green tea, doing facemasks and lighting scented candles would be much easier.

    I love green tea, so it’s great that it’s good for you. I’m amazed to hear that there’s salted caramel and apple flavour, I have to get on that! 🙂

  35. YES for green tea, I’m an addict and I don’t mind admitting it. One thing I have started doing is brewing up a regular green tea, then adding a teaspoon of organic honey and a slice of lemon. SO MANY happy healthy benefits, inside and out, I can’t rate it enough, and it tastes great!

    Go now, try it. NOW! 🙂

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  36. This is a great list. My number one aim for this year is ‘start every day with exercise’ – the past year I’ve really dropped some of my old good habits, so I’m really trying to pick up good ones again. I find that even just a quick walk with my dog or a run around the block is a great start to the day.

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