the good way

Habit Inventory

Session • Introduction • Activation

This week, we’re going to take an audit of our current habits, practices and rhythms. We all have a way of life already, but is the way we are currently living in alignment with who we want to be and the deepest desires of our hearts?

“Your deepest desire is the one manifested by your daily life and habits.” — Geoff Dyer

Our rhythms, rituals and consumption reveal what we love, what we believe and what we worship. AW Tozer said that if we want to discover who we are, we should pay attention to the following things:

  1. What we want most;
  2. What we think about most;
  3. How we use our money;
  4. What we do with our leisure time;
  5. The company we enjoy;
  6. Who and what we admire;
  7. What we laugh at.

Very simply, you will keep track of what you do each day and record how long you do it for. What are you committing your time, money and energy to? Pay particular attention to how you begin and end the day. The Prayer of Examen can be a useful practice to accompany this exercise.

For example:

  • 15 minutes having coffee and breakfast
  • 1 hour working out
  • 30 minutes reading
  • 30 minutes social media
  • 4 hours working
  • 2 hours Netflix
  • 1 hour shopping online ($50 spent)

At the end of the week, use these questions to help you reflect on what you’re noticing. Try to hold all of this without judgement but extend grace and compassion towards yourself. Spend time holding this before God in prayer and invite him to speak to you about any shift that could be made with his grace.

Reflection questions:

  • Does anything surprise me as I reflect on my week?
  • How are my rituals and habits shaping me?
  • What do my current daily/weekly rhythms reveal about what is most important to me?
  • How well do my current rhythms communicate what I truly value?
  • What has been shaping me without my knowing?
  • Are the things to which I dedicate my time, money and energy leading me closer to Jesus?
  • How am I beginning and ending my day and are those practices allowing me to experience God and draw near to him?
  • In what ways might God be inviting me to make a change?

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