How to Design Your Environment in 10 Steps

by | Sep 2, 2023 | Lifestyle | 0 comments

Have you ever wondered how your environment can make or break your habits? -In this blog post we’ll talk about how to design your environment in order to achieve your goals in an easy and fun way

If you’ve ever tried to build better habits, you know that motivation alone won’t cut it. Creating the right environment can make all the difference between success and surrender. So, grab your tool belt (figuratively speaking, of course) and let’s dive into the wonderful world of habit-friendly design.

This blog post on how to design your environment was heavily inspired by one of my favorite youtubers MuchelleB as well as the book Atomic Habits by James Clear.

HOW TO DESIGN YOUR ENVIRONMENT

1. Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Mind

First things first: let’s declutter like Marie Kondo so amazingly taught us. When your environment is clutter-free, your mind can breathe easier. Clear out those dusty corners, toss out things that don’t “spark joy,” and keep only what you truly need.

Example Actionable Step: Spend just 15 minutes a day decluttering a small area. It’s less overwhelming and more sustainable.

2. The Power of Visibility

Out of sight, out of mind, they say. Make the good habits visible and the bad ones less so. Want to eat healthier? Put that bowl of fresh fruit front and center in the fridge. Trying to read more? Keep your book on the coffee table instead of buried in a bookshelf. I’ve noticed that since putting my tablet with its keyboard on my bedisde table, I’ve been able to keep up with my journaling habit a lot more.

Example Actionable Step: Place your workout clothes at the foot of your bed, so they’re the first thing you see in the morning.

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3. Hack Your Kitchen

Ah, the heart of every home – the kitchen. It’s where your eating habits can either thrive or take a nosedive. Keep the junk food tucked away in hard-to-reach places (or better yet, don’t buy it at all). Make it super easy to grab a healthy snack by pre-cutting veggies or having fruit readily available. I eat a lot more fruti when I’ve taken the time to previously cut it up and store in portions on containers (you don’t need to portion control your fruit, but I’m on a diet and being followed by a nutricionist who has told me to do so for my needs).

Example Actionable Step: Prep your lunches and snacks for the week on Sunday. It’s like a little gift to your future self.

4. Get Your Tech in Check

Technology is a double-edged sword when it comes to habits. Use it wisely. Turn off those pesky notifications that tempt you away from your focus. And if you’re easily distracted by your smartphone, consider using apps or settings that limit your screen time.

Example Actionable Step: Set designated phone-free zones or times during your day. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can accomplish.

5. The Power of Accountability

Let your environment hold you accountable. Tell your roommate or partner about your new habit goals, or even better, find an accountability buddy. When someone else knows about your goals, you’re more likely to stick to them. This step might not work for everyone, just be warned.

Example Actionable Step: Share your goals with a friend and check in with each other regularly. It’s like having a built-in support system.

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6. Create a Zen Den

Designate a space in your home for relaxation, meditation, or simply unwinding. Fill it with things that make you feel calm and content. It could be a cozy corner with soft cushions, soothing colors, and a good book.

Example Actionable Step: Spend at least 10 minutes a day in your Zen Den. You’ll be surprised at how this small habit can improve your overall well-being.

7. Visual Reminders

Create visual reminders that nudge you in the right direction. Put up inspirational quotes, pictures of your fitness goals, or a vision board (a vision board desktop wallpaper is something I love doing since I spend a ton of time on my laptop) that represents the life you’re striving for.

Example Actionable Step: Create a vision board with images and quotes that inspire you. Hang it where you’ll see it every day.

8. Celebrate Small Wins

Every step forward, no matter how tiny, deserves a celebration. Use your environment to remind yourself of your progress. Maybe a jar filled with marbles, where you add one for every day you stick to your habit.

Example Actionable Step: Start a “Success Jar.” Every time you make progress, drop a note or token in. When it’s full, treat yourself to something special.

9. Mindful Mealtime

Make mealtime a sacred ritual. Clear the table of distractions (yes, that means no TV or smartphones). Set the mood with some soothing music, candles, or even fresh flowers. If you’re having dinner with your family or friends, just talk to each other instead of being glued to your TV or phone.

Example Actionable Step: Try having at least one meal a day without any screens or distractions. It can turn eating into a mindful experience.

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10. Experiment and Adapt

Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for creating a habit-supportive environment. Be open to experimenting with what works best for you, and don’t be afraid to tweak your surroundings as needed.

Example Actionable Step: Every week, make a small adjustment to your environment to see how it impacts your habits. Keep what works and discard what doesn’t.

So, here’s how to design your environment to stick to your habits and reach your goals! Creating an environment that supports your habits isn’t just about improving your life; it’s also a fun and creative journey. So, put on your designer hat and start crafting your ideal space. Your future self will thank you, and you might even enjoy the process along the way. Happy habit hacking!

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