Building New Habits


Building New HabitsIt’s Back to School time once again. It may be September, but for many people it is a new year. A great time to rededicate ourselves and start fresh. As my kids return to school, I am working to build new habits both for the family and for myself.

I find this time of year better for starting new habits than January 1st because we are also starting new routines with school time. And it is extremely helpful that September is not right after a major holiday season that exhausts even the most determined. A third reason to build new habits in September is there is less pressure to do so than with New Year’s Resolutions.

My list of new habits for the family sounds very typical – Going to bed early; Getting up early; Setting out clothes the night before; Eating dinner together regularly; Praying as a family before meals or bedtime; Spending down time together. One that may not be as common is arriving on time or early for appointments or events. We, and by “we” I mean I, am notoriously late to things. Not super late, but just a few minutes late. Always. Because I try to get one more thing done before I leave the house, we are always running behind.

My list of new habits for myself include Getting up earlier than necessary; Walking outside regularly; Attending a new bible study at my parish; Saying no to most new volunteer opportunities; Reading through the books on my bookshelf (before buying any more new books);  and Meal planning to help with those busy nights.

These lists are not earth shattering, rocket-science or new. They are things I continually need to work on in my life but I find this time of year is naturally a great time to start over and try again.

Are you taking September to build a new habit for yourself or your family? What habits do you need to work on?


Copyright 2015 Lisa Jones
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About Author

Lisa Henley Jones is a former stay-at-home mom who discovered a new career as an online marketer/social media manager. She blogs at Of Sound Mind and Spirit with her sister, Shelly Kelly, about faith and family life. During the hot summers in Houston, Lisa can be found by the pool eating popsicles with her husband and three school-aged children.


  1. I totally agree! I have always looked at fall as a season of new beginnings. I live in the Northeast, so all that happens in January is waking up to a new gray. even colder day, it is tough to get motivated for change. I am a homeschooling mom of four and while I already get up pretty early and exercise and all that, it is the getting to bed earlier with which I knowingly struggle. As a health coach, I know how important sleep is, but it is so difficult not to burn one’s candle at both ends, especially when we have little ones and savor those quiet moments at dusk and dawn. I too have told myself no knew books until I have read the wonderful books on my bookshelves that I just had to have and also about getting to places on time. I always have the excuse of four little ones, but that is not teaching my children a good example about respecting other people’s time. Thank you for the article and good luck with your new beginnings.

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