Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Habits and consistency

I've been thinking a lot in the past few weeks about how to form good habits and be consistent at positive things. I've heard it takes 21 - 30 days to form a new habit. The problem is just keeping it up for those first few weeks.

Jewy and I started running in the mornings a couple of months ago. We had each separately expressed a desire to do so, and eventually we started. We've completed two 5Ks since - which is awesome. However we took a break to attend a friend's wedding out of town, and it has been so hard to get back into the habit since returning. I finally went out again for a run yesterday evening, and I definitely felt rusty. I hope I can get back into it and continue improving my 5K times.

The other new habit has been waking up absurdly early and getting to my office by 7.00am. For some reason if I'm still at home/in bed by 8.00am, my entire day becomes toast. It's a combination of not wanting to pay for parking on campus (the free parking spots are all full by 8) and not being very productive lately when working at home - there are way too many distractions, including the fridge. So waking up at 5.30am and getting a jump on the day has been a really great solution. Again, the time off to travel was hard to recover from, but I/we seem to be back on track (yay!).

Who would have thought after ~eighteen years of grumbling over being woken up at 5.30am for morning prayers at home, I would voluntarily return to it?

There are several other things I would love to do consistently - updating this blog on a regular basis is one of them. It's not that life stopped being interesting living with Jewy - we've just been more focused on living it than on writing about it. I hope we can do a better job going forward. Wish us luck ;)