It’s been so long since I’ve written anything that I’m not really sure where to start. I’ve recently gained a few followers and I wonder what prompted that… something I said, somewhere, someone found interesting. So I thank all of you who have read or do read my blog!
I’ve been listening to some self-help audio books. The most recent one was on habits, changing old and developing new habits. I would like to make better use of my time so I’ve been putting a lot of thought into what I do and why. For example, I’m late for work everyday. I get so anxious when the clock strikes 7 am and I’m still on the expressway. But by 7 am I have already been awake for two and a half hours so what have I been doing?
It takes me an hour and 15 minutes to get to work. So I must leave the house by 5:45. My alarm goes off at 4:30. I needed to evaluate the habits I developed in those 75 minutes. It takes about 30 minutes to “get ready” (I’m not one for hair and make-up) and 15 minutes to make breakfast and lunch. That leaves 30 minutes.
When the alarm goes off at 4:30, I hit snooze and snuggle with Liezel for 10 minutes. I then get up, let Liezel out, make coffee, wash pet bowls, and feed Liezel. Here’s where the habit that makes me late comes into play: I get my coffee and sit on the couch reading until 5:15 (sometimes 5:20). That only gives me ~30 minutes to do 45 minutes of work.
What is needed is a new habit for the “couch time.” I must develop a new habit of coffee/couch time that ends at 5:00. I tried this on Friday. At 5:00 I said to myself, “it’s time…get up” but I continued sitting, sipping, and reading until 5:25! Self sabotage! I knew I’d be late. I knew I’d be stressed out on the expressway. Yet I continued to watch the minutes tick away.
Next week, I’m going to sit in a less comfortable chair with my coffee and at 5:00, I will imagine the reward of this new habit – walking in to work with my head up, instead of slinking in hoping no one notices I’m late.
There are other habits I can certainly change for the good. I’m just going to do one at a time. 🙂