BOOKS FROM THE BACKLOG

This meme, hosted by Carole’s Ranch has been on my mind for some time now.

The meme here is to focus on books one has been intending to read for some time. Jan Sincero’s Badass Habits , published in 2020 is one that fits this category in my TBR pile. Fortunately, in January 2020’s issue of Real Simple magazine, a staff writer read the book and wrote about it, saving me the time of having to read the whole book by reading the article.

In Habits, Sincero states that a certain mindset is required to keep” updating your habits game.” She reminds us to…

…Stay aware

…Shift focus when you start going down “pity pathway” and to consciously “think thoughts aligned with where you want to go and who you want to be.”

The book gives us several strategies to build good habits and stop bad ones.

  1. You will believe what you tell yourself. Talk positively! Then, repeat positive thoughts like a mantra.
  2. Limit time spent with people who think and/or speak negatively.
  3. Limit distractions.
  4. Commit to change, and conviction will follow.
  5. WRITE IT DOWN. “Write down habits you need to change, and write down those you want to establish.
  6. Track the results. Pause at the end of each day, and give yourself checks and x’s. Use a chart. This way, you can see your progress.
  7. Develop new habits for 20 minutes at a time. CHANGE TAKES TIME!
  8. Get up and start your day at the same time each morning. Establish a morning routine.
  9. Just do one thing a day towards eliminating bad habits and establishing good ones in their place. Little steps matter.

This article had insights and positive steps I could take without reading the whole book. Real Simple makes things just that–real simple!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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