I wrote recently about forming habits and trying to turn regular, helpful behaviours into daily things that require little thought or mental effort. Â The habit of getting up early each morning to fill in my mood chart was my first experiment, and it has gone well: there is now no negotiation in my head as to whether I can go straight back to bed after giving Raisin her breakfast; I just get up, put on warm socks and woolly hat, turn the computer on, make a cup of coffee and sit down to write. Â So it’s good that I am getting up early, as it’s one of the things that helps me feel better. Â Also, the act of monitoring helpful things is useful in itself – I definitely make more of an effort to eat properly, for example, knowing I’ll be giving myself a good food score in the morning. Â I’ve been having pan-fried sardine fillets fresh from the market on a bed of salad leaves with a squeeze of lemon juice for lunch. Even I can cook that. Delicious.
Now I feel ready for my next habit – to add to the getting up early habit – and it’s a toss up between writing/blogging every day; working on my One Thing; trombone practice; mindfulness practice; and decluttering the house.
Tough decision but it’s going to be writing/blogging every day straight after doing my mood scores. Should be easy and quick to integrate withÂ the first habit, then I can move on to the others once it’s established.