Posts Tagged ‘Habits’

So . . . Yeah . . . That’s The Sign Of A Bad Habit

January 13, 2016

Recently I decided that I’d been spending too much time doing “short burst” activity online, i.e., I’d decide to spend a few minutes watching a video or something, then I’d link to something else, then something else after that, and so on and so on.  (I know, I know, “welcome to the Internet,” but I’m going somewhere with this.)  That’s harmless enough in small doses, of course, but my doses weren’t so small anymore, and it was really chewing up my already limited time and energy.

So I stopped.

And that let me notice how much I was doing the same with social media, so I decided to drastically cut back my social media time for a while even though I was pretty sure I wasn’t spending that much time on it . . . and maybe I wasn’t.

But I’ll tell you this, for the past few days every time I’ve sat down at the computer or picked up my phone, the first thing I’ve had to do is stop myself from automatically checking Facebook and/or Twitter.

Otherwise . . . Splat!

January 13, 2014

I use the phrase “in and of itself” fairly often, usually as part of the sentence, “That habit does no harm in and of itself.”

I’m frequently misunderstood though.

Usually when I’m saying that, the example I’m thinking of is jumping out of a flying airplane, a habit that, in and of itself, isn’t likely to cause any harm provided you have a way to stop before you hit the ground.

Pretty Sure

September 30, 2013

On the subject of the continuing reorganization of my household, when I mentioned this topic to someone a while back, they warned me that trying to get more organized is tantamount to taunting the Universe to start throwing stumbling blocks in your path.

This is, of course, ridiculous.

So how is the reorganization going, you ask?

Temporarily off track, but still in progress.  Out of the blue, lots of things started breaking at once that completely knocked each and every one of us here off our schedule for a while.

But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

Things DO Change (Part Two)

September 17, 2013

For most of my life I struggled with an erratic sleep schedule, meaning, in other words, that getting out of bed at a precise time was always a challenge . . . and one I frequently failed.  Oh, I never missed a shift at work or an appointment or anything like that, but if there was any flexibility in my schedule, no matter how important getting up at a particular time was to me before I went to sleep, it was significantly less important to me by the time the alarm went off.  Insomnia was a frequent result/cause of this.

Then my son was born, and insomnia became a luxury I could no longer afford, and sleep became a precious, precious commodity that was always in short supply.  Now that he’s older, time to sleep is something I have more reliably, but I still can’t afford insomnia because most days require me to not only be awake at a particular time, but alert enough to function at a “watching toddler” level.  Even those days when someone else is getting up with him, I find myself waking up automatically around 6:45 to 7:15 just to make sure I don’t need to get up, then go back to sleep, and if my eyes fly open at 7:35, my first thought is “I overslept!”

So yeah . . . things definitely change.

Things DO Change (Part One)

September 16, 2013

Since the other week I mentioned this household was undergoing “massive reorganization,” I thought I’d follow-up on that.  Things are definitely undergoing reorganization here, but it’s a bit too soon to call it “massive” yet.  Give it a few more weeks (or better yet, months) to determine which habits have been firmly established and which habits need shoring up, and then I’ll be able to tell you if it’s “massive” or not.

And I want to stress that I am in no way being pessimistic about these changes actually happening, it’s only a matter of when, not if.  But as anybody who has ever tried to change a habit can tell you, you can’t rely on the hope that it will magically happen overnight.  It helps me, at least, to prepare for the possibility of things not necessarily going according to plan since habits can be pernicious things when it comes to change.  Sometimes a habit can resist change for years despite your best efforts.  Of course on the flip side, sometimes you can plan and work for a long time without success, and then something does “magically” change everything.

Case in point: