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Inside Look At My Habit Building Factory


Monday was supposed to be the start of something epic, you know with the launch of Heartmade’s 30 Day Challenge? Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about? Click here.


Anyhoo, I had my entire week mapped out. I was going to make apple chips + visit granny + watch Wreck-It Ralph, but mess happened.


The pickle started Monday morning when I received an e-mail from PayPal suspecting that I might be a robot + an alien or worse a thief because my account name (Mayi Carles) is different from my legal name (Maria Alejandra Carles). It’s a legitimate concern, don’t get me wrong, but knowing all my documentation + legal certificates explaining the craziness are in Spanish, I started to have a self-induced heart attack.


Luckily, 99% of worries never happen. This wasn’t one of those 1% times. Amen!


The bad news is this totally got me off track. Darn!


I’m telling ya’, sticking with it is HARD. Well, unless you’re trying to eat more Krispy Kremes, that’s real easy.


This week we’re picking up just where we left off. I’m taking you inside my habit building factory + secret intelligence control centers to bullet proof our good missions.



homework time

What happens in your habit building factory + data control centers? What works? What not so much? Insert your awesome in the comments, please!


It’s challenge season troopers. We must unite!



Mayi Carles


Photo Credit

April Bowles-Olin using my Life is Messy Planners

28 Responses to Inside Look At My Habit Building Factory

  • Ginger says:

    Your so cute! and just what I needed today to help me get started building more good habits.

  • Mayi, you are so inspiring. I have only recently started following you and your ideas are really helping. What has worked for me is to set objectives for each day (even simple things. e.g. bake cake and cover it, or sketch a design, or set appointments) and objectives for each month as well, and figure out litlle steps (emails that have to be sent by x day) that have to take place. I know, duh. And I know, you tell us this all the time. But I have such a good memory that as soon as I could (that is, circa junior high school, when we were set free to be responsible) I ditched the agendas and the planners in an act of “rebellion” because I always knew what I had to do…. and because structure and instructions and boxes make me crazy. But, but, this year I am discovering that setting deadlines for myself (even if they are somehow flexible) have been helping.
    And what you say about comitting, about creating the spaces that take you to the place where you can create, that inspire you, is so true. I think it was Roald Dahl who said something like that… you can’t wait for the muses / inspiration to come. You have to write every day, and set a time for it. Just keep doing it. Schedules, after all, are useful.

    • Mayi Carles says:

      I did this fascination test (How to Fascinate by Sally Hogshead) + I marked the highest in rebellion hahaha. So I totally get you Amanda. That’s why I designed my own planners, because I could never stick to the rigid ones that rally so heavily on willpower. But everyone has it’s own flow + magic. You can design your own calendar system or find one that has that rebellious spirit ๐Ÿ™‚

  • claire stone says:

    First of all – I love the glasses and moustache!!! and I love how you managed to get the AA, weight watchers and LIMB into the same sentence!!

    I love the idea of not relying on willpower to get through things – and a planner is such a good idea.AND I love the idea of cheat days – so that it doesn’t feel like a slog forever!!

    Thank you so much indeed!!

    • Mayi Carles says:

      Baby sister got them for me… I love her so much hehehe!

      And because you can, more than any other I recommend getting in the habit of writing your Daily Planner the night before. That’s my secret weapon.

      Adore you Claire!

  • Chelsea says:

    Does watching your video every Friday count towards being habitual? Baby steps. Baby steps. Baby steps…

  • Renee Pena says:

    I love your props. Seriously, do you make them yourself?
    Way to up the fun factor!

    Now to the heart of the matter: I have been taking the Danielle Laporte way in which I focus on how I feel and make my top three things to do list each day. I agree that you day can get away without any focus. I personally can’t live without my planner. I once went to pick it up at work and was suppose to be on vacation. Thet have AA for planner addicts too, right?

    What I would like to know is how do you deal with a detor as you had with Paypal? And how do you get back on track?

    • Mayi Carles says:

      I wish! These new ones were cordially provided by my baby sister Laura. She goes to college in LA + have no cue where she got these crazy ones. Am I lucky or what?

      Thanks for inspiring me with your question for a future FVT ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sage Grayson says:

    Yes! I wouldn’t get anything done or stick to any good habits without my handy dandy planner. And it’s a hard copy old school one too. Writing things out by hand instead of typing them makes me remember what I need to focus on better.

    I love your 30 day challenge, and I’m working on eating my preplanned meals every day, plus one “fun time anything goes” meal every Saturday. That way I keep myself healthy but don’t feel deprived. So far so good! Your amazing attitude keeps me inspired, Mayi. Thanks for making my Fridays a little brighter. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mayi Carles says:

      I love your planned out cheat days on Saturday Sage. I have to do the same or I end up going on a cupcake binge hahahaha!

  • Alicia says:

    I love to set a timer! If I know there are three things I HAVE to get done — I set the timer – get them done before it rings and then reward myself with something like a 15 minute fresh air break outside. Then I pick three more things and go from there…

    sounds simple but it totally works! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Mayi Carles says:

      What times do you use? I’m so curious. I’ve always wanted to implement this tibit but keep postponing it until I get a cute timer hehehe. Excuses+ + excuses ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Andrea says:

        I also used a timer for a while but couldn’t stick to it really…I used the pomodoro technique (30 min) http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/ I’ve been thinking to go back to it somehow….

        Now I’m just sticking to a daily planner…I’ve realised that I need to write only 3 important tasks or I get super overwhelmed. I normally do more…but prioritizing really helps me out!

  • Deana Ward says:

    Hi Mayi!
    I’ve been getting your emails for about a month…LOVE them:) Thanks for this video. One thing that helps me support the blooming of new habits is looking through my space for where I have unnecessary steps. Kind of like on our websites. “Where do I have two clicks when one click would be faster, easier and more intuitive?” Paring back and editing my space around habits I’d like to develop really helps. I think this goes along with your visual cues. Just thought I’d share. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and fun! – Deana

    • Mayi Carles says:

      I love this Deana. You mean like keeping your power items like calendar + highlighter + calculator within hand reach? I love it. Reworking spaces for functionality + habit sticking. I hadn’t thought about it quite in that way. Brilliant Deana!

  • Kim Gosney says:

    I made a habit of adding one new clipart set to my Etsy shop Monday-Friday. I officially started doing this in January + am now up to 85 items with a goal of 365 by January 2014. It helps me to jot down what I want to create a week ahead of time so I’m not staring at a piece of paper with my ink pen in hand having no idea what I’ll be drawing. And, it works almost like a blog post calendar + it keeps me right on track. Plus, for me, the more I have in my Etsy shop that’s new encourages peeps to visit it every day :). I’m 85 steps closer (365 by January) to working from home full time!!! Can you hear me cheering???

  • Dianne says:

    Your daily post-it organizer and weekly to-do list are keys to my to-do list crossing off success. Funny thing is I don’t put post it notes on the prioritizer because I love your characters so much. They make me smile so I just write directly on it. I also keep all my planner documents in a super cute binder. It was fairly expensive but SO worth it, because design motivates me. If something looks good – I’ll use it.

  • Pammy says:

    This is brilliant — and you are adorable! Perfect thing to keep me going!

    • Mayi Carles says:

      Pammy how happy to find you here. I adore you too! What are you up to? We need to have a 3 way Skype call with Laurie for catch up time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cynthia says:

    Great video and comments! For me it’s easy to start new habits but it’s once I have more than a couple habits that I start to lose control. For me what helps to get me started on keeping habits is telling others about it and pinning some photo reminders up on a board. That way it is on my mind more.

  • monica says:

    hello ๐Ÿ™‚

    well, as I work full time and I have my business project to take care at night when I’m already tyred!, and I was getting crasy with a huge to do list, I just decided to put 3 “makeable” tasks every day in my planner ๐Ÿ™‚
    and to read and send business emails during lunch time!

  • superkitina says:

    Yesss. I have to try this! It’s hard for me to write in english bit I have to thank you my new organization hobby. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Necesito orden en mi vida con urgencia! Thanks a lot

  • You are too cute Mayi! Love your work and love your idea of cultivating NEW, good habits!!!

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