Friday, November 7, 2014

Breaking Old Habits is HARD!

One of the reasons that I dusted off this old blog is because I want to really try to create some new, good, habits. I really want try to be more productive with my idle time, as opposed to getting sucked into Facebook and Twitter. And YouTube and Tumblr… You get the point. I am finding that creating a good habit is a lot harder than breaking a bad one. For instance, I can’t seem to stick to a regular schedule with updating this blog. Granted, I have probably written more in the past two weeks than I did all of last year; even if the content was only half as meaningful.

Here are the things that I am trying to do in order to be more productive and healthy:
  1. Blog more. Obviously. I have set a goal for myself to sit down and type something out at least three times a week. Last week I hit it no problem. This week… Well it’s Friday evening and I’m just barely typing out my second post. That still leaves time. But my one idea of the day is to write a post about how I am struggling to write posts. How meta is that?
  2. Drink more water. In the past there have been days when I haven’t had a single glass of water. On this one I am doing pretty well. My goal is 64oz of water per day, and I generally hit that one. The problem arises when I get busy. I normally have a one track mind, so if I am concentrating I often forget to take regular drinks. That makes a deficit that I try to make up in the hours before bed, which, for obvious reasons isn’t a good idea. One thing I do to try to remind myself is carry a water bottle. Problems occur when I set the bottle down though…
  3. Exercise more. I realized that I was becoming a fat slug. I gained back all of the weight that I lost over the summer and it’s only getting worse now that I am between seasons at my job. This is because I am far less active now. So I set a goal of :30 minutes of exercise per day. Problem is I forget to exercise… Do you see a pattern yet?
  4. Floss. This one I just started this week and so far I’ve held steady. I just try to make sure that I do it before I brush my teeth every night, which is one of the few good habits that I have.
  5. Track Foods. I have used an app called Lose It in the past to keep a calorie count for myself. I am pretty diligent about this one, but sometimes I go over my calorie allowance for the day… Oh well you win some you lose some. 
  6. Write in a To-Do list. I do keep up with my to-dos pretty well. Or at least I am good about writing typing things into Things (my to-do app). Checking them off is another story though. For instance, I set up a repeating to-do to workout for :30 minutes every day. See number 3.
When all is said and done I am making the effort, and I know I’ll create better habits, even if it is just flossing every night before bed. How do you form good habits? What challenges do you face? 

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