This post is sponsored by Seed but opinions are my own
Do you think about domino habits?
It’s something I think about EVERY day.
One domino can tip over a whole stack of other things without any effort on your part and a habit can be the same way.
Of course, that domino can tip over a bunch of good things or it can tip over a bunch of things you’re not so thrilled about happening.
What I want is a domino habit that sets in motion a bunch of other things without much effort on my part.
Here are some domino habits in my daily life that set off other good habits for me:
5 Simple Domino Habits That Work For Me
Taking a probiotic first thing in the morning. I started taking Seed’s DS-01™ Daily Synbiotic about four months ago and I can’t stop raving about them. Seed is a probiotic AND a prebiotic that was developed for whole body benefits beyond just digestive health – it also supports heart health and skin health. One of the things that really sets Seed apart is their 2-in-1 ViaCa® Delivery Technology. Most probiotics get destroyed by your stomach acid before they even have a chance to reach your small intestine, but Seed has nestled capsules (outer prebiotic, inner probiotic), which means it has 100% survivability of the probiotic to your colon.
I take two every morning as the first thing I take (they’re most effective on an empty stomach) and that is an excellent domino for better eating for the rest of the day for me. If the first thing I consume every day is something that helps me feel great, it sets me up to more easily make good choices all day long. If I’ve taken my Seed probiotics, I’m not likely to follow it with a fun size candy bar for breakfast! I don’t want to make it harder on Seed to keep my system working well – that 10 second habit of taking them first thing in the morning is a cue and reminder to me to keep choosing things to put in my body that will help me feel good all day long. You can use my code JANSSEN for 15% off your first month’s supply!
Turning on my Forest app. I’ve mentioned this about a million times, but this app that keeps you off your phone is a game changer for me. I try to turn it on for a two hour session as soon as I’m done getting ready in the morning so that I’m not distracted as I help my kids get out the door for school and I can get any household chores done, spend some good time with Tally, and prep for dinner. I notice a massive difference in how many things I can get done, how scattered or stressed I feel, and how much quality time I can spend with Tally when I turn this on and that habit of staying off my phone for those two hours sets the tone for my phone usage for the whole day.
Getting in the kitchen at 5 p.m. This is an example of one of those TINY things that can set a whole lot in motion. We try to eat dinner at 6 p.m. which gives us plenty of time to eat, clean up, pack lunches, have family scriptures and prayer, set out clothes for the next day, tidy up and read aloud before bed. The absolutely crucial domino habit for all of this is me going into the kitchen at 5 p.m. If I’m in there at 5 p.m., even if the only thing I do to start is washing a vegetable or thawing some chicken or turn on the oven, it’s suddenly a much easier lift to get a side dish going or start the first part of dinner prep. Once I’m in there, it’s not hard to get some momentum going. It’s the getting IN the kitchen that sets off those dominos.
Getting ready for bed early. If I had to choose a SINGLE domino habit that is life changing for me, getting to bed on time is for sure it – getting enough sleep sets me up for a great day from the moment I open my eyes. Of course, getting to bed on time can take a LOT of effort, so my domino habit for this is getting ready for bed early (usually at the same time that my kids get ready for bed) so that it makes it much easier to get in bed on time when I don’t have to worry about taking off my makeup or putting on my pajamas or brushing my teeth.
Do you have domino habits? I’d love to hear some of them!