H is for Habit

the letter HOne thing I’ve learned is the importance of habits. When it comes to whether you waste your time or use it constructively, what do you usually do? Because most often that’s what you’ll do next time as well. If you want to get something done, make it a habit.

To me, that means not doing it when you feel like it, but building it into a routine so that you always do it at a particular time, or at a certain point of the day.

The secret is to get to the point where it’s more unusual NOT to do it than to do it. Whether it’s writing your pages of longhand before you get out of bed, or going to the gym on the way home from work, or doing a sketch after dinner, or wiping the bathroom down before you go to bed, you’re aiming to make it so much a part of your daily routine that activities flow naturally into each other and it’s an effort to change things.

That effort is what makes it so hard to change habits – so use it to your own benefit by making it hard to stop doing those positive things rather than hard to start them.

 

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  1. it is a coincidence that you should post about Habit, because starting today, I am trying to create a habit of not stirring sugar into my tea. Let’s hope you are lucky for me :-))

    Thank you for stopping by my blog.
    Coffee Rings Everywhere

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  2. I’ve really been enjoying your A to Z Challenge posts, and I’ve nominated you for an award:
    http://rhondaerb.com/2013/04/09/holy-moly-i-got-an-award/

    -Rhonda

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  3. celticrob

     /  April 10, 2013

    Great ideas about habits. I especially like the note that, “The secret is to get to the point where it’s more unusual NOT to do it than to do it.”

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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  4. I like your take on habits. Going to have to keep that in mind as I try to alter some ‘bad ones.’

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