In an earlier post I talked about how it is important to stick to good habit as it is much easier to make yourself follow it through a day when your motivation is low, than getting back to it after taking a longer break from it. In another post I talked about how I actually make myself keep up habits even when I'm not feeling like it, by thinking about how I do not want to be.
In this post I will once again address the issue of Good Habits. But rather than talking about how to stick to them and motivate yourself I will talk about the result they often have on our life. I will prove that, at least for me, good habits are a chain reaction and one seldom comes alone.
I first realized that good habits work together when I looked through my reactions from this project. I set up as a goal to start exercising on a regular basis and I wanted to go through my days to see if I was accomplishing my goal. What I found was not only that I had in fact started going to the gym more, but also that my eating-habits had improved and that I had started giving my days higher over-all grades. Now to me this was interesting since I had not made it a high priority goal to change, and improve, my eating-habits.
So I started looking into the matter to find the reason to this curious, so far, coincidence.
- I had not started thinking more about food.
- I was not being mentally unhealthy by excluding delicious unhealthy food from my diet completely.
Instead I found that really what had happened was simply that exercising affected my state of mind and my body. My body suddenly craved healthier food than before and I guess my mind went to "health mode". The energy I got from exercising took form in me starting to care more for activities that would make my body feel even better. In this case eating healthier. I also noticed that I had started walking to school more often during this time. I am convinced this is because of the same reason.
Lean Management is all about continuos learning and improving. It is safe to say I have moved up the "learning curve" from this realization. To be healthy and add good habits to my life does not have to mean a lot of extra time and work. They come naturally when I change my priorities. Basically, when I make sure to cover one area in life, many of the others will fall into place by themselves.