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It can be a challenge to get kids on board to organizing their rooms and following an organizing system that you have set up for yourself. But there is a way to observe your child’s habits and how they move in their space to come up with a system just for them.
In this episode I talk about how I observed my daughter’s habits and how she moved in her space to come up with different organizing systems to use that were tailored to her. I also share with you how you can do the same and what to do if the first time fails. Listen in by clicking the button above. I also list some of the highlights below.
Using Kids Habits:
- Observe how they move around their space.
- Observing how your child moves around their room and space will give you a good indication to where they pile things and where they like to put things. From there you can come up with a great organizing system that is tailored to their habits.
- Stick with the new system for at least 21 days.
- Don’t give up after two weeks or two days just because your child is getting lazy with the system. It takes 21 days to form a habit.
- If it doesn’t work go back to the drawing board.
- If after trying out the new system for a while you see it just isn’t working then get rid of the system and start with something else. This is trial and error. You want the system to work for your child in the long run.
- Make it easy for your kids to put things back.
- Kids won’t organize or put things back if it is hard. Make it easy for them to put things where they belong.
We are starting a new month and I have been doing a lot of soul searching and working on things in my life. What does that have to do with organizing you say? A lot! It’s never really about clutter when your house is disorganized. Until you change habits within yourself your efforts to get and stay organized will be in vain.
With that being said, I was perusing TED.com and found a video by Matt Cutts about trying something new for 30 days. I thought what a great way to build a habit. I have a few habits I want to build and so I decided to start my own 30 day challenge. For the next 30 days I plan on doing at least 3 things that I want to build healthy habits on. To help me keep track with this I am using a app called Habit Streak. You can read my review here. It’s available for most platforms.
It’s never really about clutter when your house is disorganized. Until you change habits within yourself your efforts to get and stay organized will be in vain.
So what are the habits I want to work on for the next 30 days?
My 3 Habits
- Walk everyday for 30 minutes.
- Spend one on one time with my oldest daughter everyday.
- Meditate at least twice a day. (No woo-woo stuff, just sitting and clearing my busy mind)
Now is your turn. What habit do you want to cultivate for the next 30 days? Let me know in the comments below or head over to my Facebook page and share there. Let’s keep each other accountable. Below is the video I was telling you about. It’s very short and will give you some ideas about what types of things you could do for the next 30 days.
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I used to be an iPhone user. I know, I know. Don’t go running for the hills now that I have gone over to the “dark side”. It’s really not like that. But since I was changing platforms I had to find apps that had an android version or a comparable substitute for the iPhone version that I was using.
On my iPhone I was using the reminders app to keep me in line with what I needed to be doing daily. But I needed something that would hold me more accountable for what I wanted to build a habit on daily not just reminders and so my search began.
That is when I stumbled across the Habit Streak app in the Google Play store. I was intrigued and so I downloaded it and put it through its paces. Since it takes 21 days to form a habit I was really pleased to see that in this app I am able to track my progress on anything I am trying to form a habit for and if I fall off the wagon it lets me restart. Now that is very encouraging because most people just give up and never restart if they don’t stick to something for 21 days. Well with Habit Streak you will not have that problem.
Habit Streak is easy to use and easy to set up. You can use the built in timer to give you a daily reminder to check in and check off your completed habits. You can put in pretty much any habit that you are trying to form. Whether that is exercise everyday or brushing your teeth twice a day. Don’t overload it though with habits. You want to start out small and master those habits, not try to conquer 20 habits a day.
They encourage you to express each habit or question that you put in as a positive goal. And they also stress that this app is for building up a habit not reminding you of things like your calendar would do. I think this is very important to remember so that you can be successful at using this app and not getting disappointed because you put the wrong type of information in it.
As great as this app is it is not a magic bullet. You have to actually use it to be helpful. It can be really easy to just check “I Did These” to everything when the reminder pops up and you haven’t really done anything. I have caught myself doing that a couple of times. When this happens I just hit the reset button on the habits I am trying to form and start again. I also evaluate what I have on my list to see if it is really a habit that I am committed to growing or if it is just a temporary phase that I was going through.
There’s a Version for You
I am still using the free version of this app, but you can upgrade to pro for about $2.99 and will be able to do much more with it. And good news iPhone fans there is an iPhone version of the app so you can try it too. (By the way I still have an iPad Mini so I am not completely out of the fold 🙂 ).
So if you want to build up a habit and be held accountable for it I encourage you to try out Habit Streak . Start with one or two habits that you would like to form and see how it goes.