My weekly ritual that changes everything

Nearly every Sunday evening for the past 7 years, I decide what 3 habits I’ll focus on in the coming week.  Then, I make sure I do those 3 things every day.  It usually takes several weeks to really make a habit stick for the long run, but this initial commitment serves 3 purposes:

1. It gives me something to devote my enthusiastic attention to, and has me feeling proud of my progress, even through life’s ups & downs.
2. Committing to just 1 week is a way to get started without feeling overwhelmed by the weight of “I should do this forever.
3. By focusing on just 3 things for just 1 week, I can make adjustments to my habits from week-to-week, until I really find my groove.

Before this practice, I would write mammoth lists of all the habits I wanted to embrace, and tackle them all at once.  By Monday evening I’d be zoning out on the couch with a bag of potato chips, feeling like a miserable failure of a human being.  No worky.

The simple ritual of choosing 3 weekly habits has changed my life.

This week's 3 daily habits:  an early morning walk; playing my ukulele; solo meals at the dining table, always.

This week’s 3 daily habits:
Early morning walks; practicing my ukulele; all solo meals at the dining table.

This week, what 3 habits will you embrace?

Here are some guidelines that may help:
* Make them daily habits.  This will help them stick.
* Each morning, set up a reminder system for each habit (an alarm on your phone, for example.)
* Tell your friends for accountability!  Have them play with you.
* Don’t set the bar so high that you feel discouraged.  Small steps add up.

—> I know this exercise is simple, but sometimes simple things make big impact. Will you join me?  In the comments below, share what 3 habits you’ll embrace this week!  I’d love to be your cheerleader.

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44 Comments

  1. Elizabeth

    Absolutely love this post and it couldn’t come at a better time! My three habits I want to embrace are waking up early, going to bed early, and having dinner planned so that I don’t end up staying up late at night trying to work and have meals unplanned.

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    • Nisha

      Hula hooping! You have no idea how much you’ve inspired me to get a hula hoop now, Melissa :)

      Have fun!
      Nisha

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  2. Camila

    A green juice in the morning.
    15 meditation.
    Night time streaches.

    Thank you for this lovely simple reminder. Do you carry on the same habits from week to week sometimes?

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    • Nisha

      Night time stretches…good one, Camila.
      I will add that one when these ones stick.

      And yes, the same habits stay until they stick!

      xo
      Nisha

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  3. Becca

    My 3 habits for the week each morning:
    - oil pulling with coconut oil
    - meditation (this morning I listened to Elayne Doughty – holy moly!)
    - breakfast with greens (smoothie, juice, or sauteed!)

    xo Nisha. This is fun!

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    • Nisha

      Becca love, you’ll have to teach me oil pulling!
      And isn’t Elayne the best?!

      xox
      Nisha

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  4. Lauren

    Great idea! My three habits are: walking my dog every day at least 1x, plank, and read 10 pages of a good book a day.

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  5. sarah

    Thats awesome! Sometimes I feel like there are so many things I am trying to do/change/add it can feel overwhelming. But I like this idea of 3 things, one week….I can handle that. 3 things: eating smaller portions, moving my body everyday, no email in bed.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Katie

    Nisha, such a timely and lovely post!
    Thank you. <3
    Mine for the week:
    Morning pages
    The Desire Map
    and Business Planning (Calendar Set-Up)

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    • Nisha

      Awesome, Katie :)

      So you’ll be Desire Mapping & Business Planning each day?

      Big hugs,
      Nisha

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  7. Natacha

    Awesome, I am doing the same for a few weeks: just having one week goals, with friends accountability, so I can actually have the reward in one week, not when I am 60 years old!
    This week: 15minutes yoga and 10 minutes breathing/meditation before work every morning and singing a song I like out loud even if my voice is clumsy :)

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  8. Nancy

    Great practice!
    My focus this week will be exercise, healthy cooking, spending time with friends.

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  9. Sarah

    Love the simplicity of this!
    My three for this week: Walk or run every day at lunch, eat a salad or fruit with lunch, and get back to my nightly progress report or gratitude list.

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    • Nisha

      Love the nightly gratitude list, Sarah :)
      Are you living somewhere warm that a walk
      at lunch is inviting?

      Warmly,
      Nisha

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    • Nisha

      Morning breakfast is so important!
      Glad you’re including that, Hakikah.

      Big hugs,
      Nisha

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  10. ishita

    Yes honey – dancing (solo or in class -Michael jackson mondays dance class leaves me walking on AIR), eating food from home (not ordering out), and writing a little each day (for work or pleasure). Good reminder.
    xx

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  11. Rebecca

    I will, walk outside for 20 minutes everyday, practice my meditation breathing, eat raw spinach with my eggs in the morning.

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  12. Giselle

    Awesome idea.
    It was my birthday this monday, and watching this just made me think about choosing 3 habits for this new year of mine: taking deep breaths & don’t let my impulses cause trouble, listen to my body, read & learn
    & 3 habits every week, this week would be: eating a salad per day, writing down whatever bothers my mind, find something positive everyday (anything that I enjoyed or was good)

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  13. erin

    love this! (is there an echo in here? :D )
    1. clean my house for 10 minutes. (yes every day.)
    2. go for a walk (can be any/or of the following):
    – walk break at work
    -walk the dogs
    – evening walk with the hubs
    -greet the morning sunrise walk
    3. Practice asking my Oracle goddess, Ra (yes she’s a she. :) little questions and practice listening to a following the answers.

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      • Erin

        I amended my 10 minutes to pick up 10 things. I hated the time limit, it’s nice to just pick up whatever 10 things I feel like, as SLOW as I want. Plus, tonight I ended up picking up a good 20 things! And last night I was SO tired, so I counted a pair of a shoes as 2. Ha! I feel like the mama who says honey just pick up 10 things, and the little kid who figures out which way she feels like doing it. You’re a light and a love, Nisha! Love this so much.

  14. Lindsay

    Loved this post! I’m usually the exact same in that I make a to do list that’s five pages long and then wonder why none of it gets accomplished! So this week I am transitioning to having a weekly to do list, rather than daily. I’m also creating workflow periods of time where I block off 1-2 hours in the evening, put my phone away, turn off email, and just immerse myself in whatever task I want to get done. I’m also really working on going to bed at 10:30pm every night, even if I haven’t accomplished all that I want to, because if I don’t get enough sleep, I will not be at my best the next day.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. Alina

    Definitely appreciate the blog about habits! I am making the habit of eating more greens. Just baked Kale and OMG so good!

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  16. Tricia

    This is so perfectly aligned with my desire to get myself back into a purposeful practice of life.

    My three for this week (which I started today):
    -write in my journal every morning
    -floss every day (sad to say I don’t make it a daily practice but know I need to!)
    -send love, light and prayers to a loved one each morning

    Thanks for inspiring!

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    • Nisha

      Tricia, this practice is how I sealed the deal with flossing.
      Cheering for you!

      Big hugs,
      Nisha

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  17. Tarah Evans

    Hi Nisha-
    I just had to come back and re-read this post I loved it so much the first time! I used to set new goals and expect myself to do them (whatever they were) every day for the rest of eternity. Of course I crashed and burned a few days in and made myself feel like a total failure. This approach was really revolutionary! I started thinking about my weekly goals over the weekend and then on Sundays, like you suggested, choosing just 2-3 for the upcoming week. It transformed the whole idea and execution of goal-setting for me! I’m also trying different apps to help me track my progress; I’ve found some (that show the entire month) are just too overwhelming, but other apps just show you the upcoming week so it’s not as daunting. My three goals/practices for this week are 1) oil pulling (I read others doing this too, how funny!); 2) meditate at least 5 minutes; 3) say my angel prayers (I just took Doreen Virtue’s Angel Card Reading course and am trying to get better at talking to my angels! ) So thank you thank you thank you!! You truly made a difference in my life by sharing this approach. Much love, Tarah

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