This year, I celebrated October 27th. What makes this day so significant? It marks 66 days before the turn of the New Year. Why is 66 days important? A new study shows that it takes 66 days to build a habit so strong that you can tap into it at a future point in your life. So, I thought what better gift to give myself this holiday season than a pre-resolution that sticks! Beyond KonMari, here are the top five tools I rely on daily to help me get closer true abundance in the areas of self-care, health, wellness, and business:

The Power of You Virtual Course by Mel Robbins

Solid, thoughtful, content rich, engaging virtual courses spark joy for me. But, I can’t tell you how many I’ve purchased (with the best of intentions) that are currently collecting dust in my inbox. The Power of You is the only self-paced online course I’ve EVER picked up and actively completed (real time). Mel’s no-nonsense approach is not for everyone, but it definitely spoke to me. I love how I can apply her #5secondrule to any aspect of my life, rather than waiting around for motivation to come. Through the course, I’ve met new friends, received support from the POY community, and even shed a tear or two (or three) when digging into some of the probing questions in the guided workbook.

The course is simply about squashing self-doubt and hesitation/procrastination by changing the narrative to clarity and courage within the context of ACTION. For example, the implementation project portion of the course challenged me to get up and get out of my comfort zone and establish 30 business partnerships in 30 days here in Chicago and beyond. There is one thing I know for sure: you can have all the education, books, online classes in the world, but if you don’t turn around and actually do something with that knowledge (immediately!) you’re right back where you started. This one helped me get out of my own way, step up to the plate and simply DO.

Orange Theory Fitness

It’s no secret, now that I’ve tidied my home once and for all, nothing is between me and confronting the clutter around my waste line. I’ve tried Whole 30 (zero cheats…didn’t even chew gum with sugar) and veganism (this lifestyle lasted all of a day…at most #fail) to address my intake.  After that experiment, I didn’t receive the results I was anticipating and realized, at this moment in my life, if I try to address my eating and exercise at the same time, I’m setting myself up for failure (that whole chasing two rabbits and catching neither thing I guess).

So, I switched gears to focusing on fitness first, which landed me back in an Orange Theory Fitness studio. The goal (self-imposed I should add): 6 classes in 1 week. Like a confronting a big pile of clutter, I wanted to shock myself into change and out of bed. An interval training program, OTF combines the things that spark joy for me (running, group style classes, 90’s hip hop) with things that don’t spark joy, but need to get done (anything that has to do with lifting weights or anything that involves pushing up or sitting up). It’s all about working smarter rather than harder to stay in heart rate zones that maximize calories burned after you leave the class. It’s the fitness gift that keeps on giving and I’m hooked!

Oprah and Deepak Daily Meditations + Gratitude Journal Entries

I’m regularly reminded as a business owner and lifestyle service provider how important it is to make sure self-care is a priority at all times. After almost loving and definitely leaving many different meditation products and apps out there, I found the one. Deepak’s meditations spark all of the senses with the right amount of message, mantra, and music. After participating in the limited meditation challenges (one starting on October 30) I decided to purchase the Creating Abundance stream. I follow up a daily mindful meditation moment by writing three things I’m grateful for in a blank journal and get on with my day of joy.

Key Performance Indicators for Your Life

Fellow KonMari Consultant, Patty Morrissey shared a technique during a pre-recorded episode of the Spark Joy podcast (episode will air in 2018) that I immediately incorporated into my life. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for your life prevent you from defaulting to society’s standards of success by choosing the alternative – defining your own metrics rooted in your values and purpose. My inner nerd loves a good data-driven solution that allows me to explore my creative side!, so it didn’t take much for me to be onboard! I customized 10 metrics that embody what success means to me. For example, in business I could have easily set “number of clients” or “amount of $” as my KPI. But, I took time to check back in with my original vision – have a career that matters and makes a difference in the lives of others. As a result, I came up with the metric “Positive Feedback on For the Love of Tidy,” which I’m happy to report is getting checked as “complete” on an almost daily basis! It’s also shifted my attention to cherishing the precious moments when I receive a text, comment, email or phone call full of appreciation for the impact my tidying services has had on someone’s life. This is WAY more powerful than any other metric I could’ve defined.

Another KPI I created has to do with my morning routine (or lack thereof). Based on my KPI tracker October results, I’m severely lacking checks in that area, so it’s clear where I need to put my attention moving forward. Which brings me to my final tool:

The Morning Sidekick Journal by Habit Nest

Conquer your mornings, conquer your life…sound familiar? Just like tidying, the small action of paying attention to what you do at the top of your morning is proven to change your life. I’m a night owl by nature, so if I’m able to work on this and change my habit after 66 days of effort, ANYONE CAN.

Have a Happy Pre-resolution Day and I look forward to updating you as the story and habits unfold!

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Kristyn Ivey

Kristyn Ivey

For the Love of Tidy founder Kristyn Ivey is Chicago's first certified KonMari Tidying Consult.
Kristyn Ivey