Get a Good Habit Going: Ask for Help

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Today starts the third week of the Get a Good Habit Going Challenge. You’re invited to share your progress on how you’re improving on one new and good habit this month.

(It’s never too late to join in. Just catch up on reading week one and week two.)

I’ve been working on getting routines going at our house. I’ve got this “Wanna Be Superwoman Schedule” all written out that if the Lord blessed it and the planets aligned and I actually stuck to it, I might fit everything into my day that I want to fit.

One area where I am seeing progress is going to bed earlier so that waking early is not as painful. There are so many pieces to the puzzle of my day, I really want to fit in as many pieces as I can. Since FishPapa leaves for work by 6:30, I’m setting my clock by his. He’s an early bird in terms of bedtime, so I’ve been trying to shut down when he does. Not only does this get me more hours of shut-eye, it also helps us have a chance to talk and communicate better. Remember how the Bradys or the Cleavers or the Huxtables would talk about the day while they were getting ready to turn in? We’re becoming one of those cool, happy, sitcom families! How goofy, yet good! Plus, in a way, my husband is helping me develop better habits.

So, an early bedtime is certainly helping my routines. I’ve mapped out what needs to go into each school day and starting to limit my computer time because the computer, though a huge blessing to me, can also be a serious curse. There’s just no limit to the Wonderful World Wide Web! But, if I put in my school hours and laundry hours and love-on-my-kids hours, I know I’ll enjoy my online time so much more.

30 minutes is my little allowance each morning to check emails, read some blogs, check in with the world. (I’m still working on a good time for computer work in the afternoons/evenings.) This is hard. Just two minutes on twitter or Facebook can lead to twenty. So, one of the things that I’m doing to combat my temptation to linger is to A) have a time when I have to shut off and B) let my friends in on my plans. My kids are, thank the Lord, too polite to tell their Mama to get off the computer. But, my online friends feel the freedom.

So if you see me out and about on the web between the hours of 8 and 1 on a school day, you have my permission to tell me to get lost.

Get Help to Start a Good Habit
Whatever new and good habit you’re working on this month, you can probably find ways that family and friends can help you and encourage you toward your goal.

  • Trying to lose weight? Find a confident who can ask about your weigh-ins, eat healthy food with you, or go exercising with.
  • Want to get your house organized? Invite over a cleaning buddy. I used to do this with friends. We’d take turns and could socialize while we ditched and pitched. We had fun and had progress to show for our time spent.
  • Want to do better meal planning? Start a blog (if you haven’t already) and participate in Menu Planning Monday.
  • Working to pay down debt? Draw a thermometer poster and color it red for each bit of progress you make. While this may not be tangible “help,” seeing your progress can be a great encouragement.

There’s no limit to the ways that others can help you. But, you do have to be willing to listen to them when you start to wander from your goal. This can be hard. I guess it comes down to how bad do you want to get this good habit going? No one can make you do it.

You gotta want it.

Have you found success in getting help to achieve your goals? What works for you? How are you doing in “getting a good habit” going?


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  1. my good habit for the month was to cook a big pot of something on Friday or Saturday morning to last us through the weekend so we wouldn't be scrounging for something to eat last minute and then running out to eat. I never feel like cooking every meal on the weekends! This week I didn't do it, actually, partly because we really need to go grocery shopping and I didn't have a plan for what to make in larger quantities. The weekend went alright, though, and we had two meals that were just sandwiches, and one meal where we went out to eat, but it was more of a treat than a necessity and it was a fun family activity. Next week I'll try it again, though.

  2. Great Job getting to bed on time! Baby steps are great! My schedule has been working a lot better during this past week – I wrote it out on two pieces of paper and taped it to my stove – so I'd see it OFTEN!! 🙂 I also had a long talk with my husband about it this past weekend so I'm feeling very supported! 🙂 I limit my computer time too — early morning 6 to 7. (before the kids wake up) nap time 12 to 2. and then after they are in bed – an hour max… These are my options and if there are things to do? Then I don't get on the computer. I am struggling with responding to comments – they mean so much to me, but I really can't take time away from my family.

  3. The best tool I've found is not trying to over schedule. Before baby, I was very organized. Post baby, that organization has fallen by the wayside along with sleep and showers. So, instead of trying to schedule my day by time, I simply make a to do list- and put one copy on my computer and one on my fridge. Those are two places I know I will be regularly during my day 🙂 I also find that planning my meals frees up so much time and energy! Along with a couple planned leftover meals.

  4. Good for you getting to bed early and limiting your online time. I really need to work on the latter! You are so right: two minutes quickly leads to twenty (or two hours…) and so much is left undone. I'm definitely going to work on that.

    My personal goal is to watch my calorie intake and exercise every week-day in November, and so far I'm doing pretty well with that!

  5. You mentioned you like to check out your favorite blogs, I'd love it if you would list them so that we can check them out too.

  6. Good job in getting to bed earlier. This helps me more than anything. I really need to work on limiting my computer time….that's my biggest vice right now.

  7. I've been staying off the computer til naptime the last 2 weeks and making a daily to do list. I need marching orders for the day to make sure time gets used wisely. I'm making small progress and I think my 2yo is responding to it as well! Keep up the good work!

  8. I've set my cell phone alram for 6:15 daily. I don't always get up at that time, but I'm working on it! At least I'm getting up before my kiddos so that's a move in the right direction!

  9. I've set my cell phone alram for 6:15 daily. I don't always get up at that time, but I'm working on it! At least I'm getting up before my kiddos so that's a move in the right direction!