Since setting up a daily measurement thing on Map My Mood, over a month ago I have completed it once. One day of a daily thing – in a month. Â This is typical: I start things but can’t/don’t sustain them. Â My self-discipline is poor. Â It’s another reason to beat myself up, which isn’t helpful.
I’ve read a couple of books recently that talked about willpower being a resource that gets used up quickly and needs time to regenerate. You only have so much willpower per day, so use it wisely. The first book, The One ThingÂ by Gary Keller, is all about defining a big goal and really focusing on achieving it, a step at a time. The second, Superhuman by Habit by Tynan, argues that you can turn useful, regular behaviour into habits that do not require willpower or mental effort once established, and he talks about how to do that. Â Leo Babuta’s lovelyÂ Zen Habits blog recommended the book, although the blog is more than enough in itself.
So I am going to develop a new habit of measuring my mood and positive activity daily. That is every day. When Raisin wakes me up for her breakfast at around 6am, I will fill in my monitoring form. And if I am awake enough, will do some depression research and/or writing.