Reflection

Today marks the end of my first full month blogging every day.

Due to what is sometimes an odd schedule on my part (I have three kids and terrible insomnia) sometimes the “once per day” ended up being technically twice on a given day as I would sometimes write after midnight, but I’ve definitely kept myself dedicated to it and I’m happy with the results. I think it’s healthy, I find it fun, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon.

I think there’s a secret strategy here that I’m realizing. You don’t have infinite time in every day. You have to make things a priority if you want them to happen. And if you fill your days with healthy and important things, you won’t have time for bad habits.

It’s hard to not do something. To kick a bad habit. If you smoke, it’s hard to quit. One of the reasons bad habits are hard to kick is because trying to focus on not doing something is essentially the same as focusing on that thing – either way, it’s central to your thought patterns. If all you do all day is focus on how much you want to stop smoking, you’re still thinking about cigarettes all day, every day. That will make it hard to actually quit.

I have no scientific data to back this up, but I’ve always thought that if I wanted to quit smoking (I never started, thankfully), a good strategy would be to take up swimming. You can’t smoke while you’re swimming, and grabbing a quick smoke would be inconvenient if you were doing laps in an indoor pool in a gym. Basically, you fill your hours with healthy activities that leave no room for the unhealthy ones. At the very least, you’d cut down considerably.

So don’t try not to do bad things. Instead, just fill your time with such healthy habits that you don’t have time to do anything else. Now that I’ve got a little time every day dedicated to blogging, it’s time to put the next block in the foundation and dedicate a little more time each day to something else. I have a few ideas on what that will be – and since I have a blog, I’ll keep you updated on how it goes!

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