Want to change a habit? Create a new or get rid of an old one?
But you fall foul of the procrastination trap?
Suddenly, cleaning the fridge is more appealing than going for a run.
You start applying logic like eating the entire chocolate bar so you can start the diet afresh, while out of chocolate, tomorrow.
You'll sort your sleeping routine right after you've finished this episode...
You'll complete that project as soon as...
You'd be able to focus on your job application once you've...
You'll fix/clean/sort/tidy that thing right after...
Try giving the new habit one minute of your time.
We often make mountains out of molehills and the same applies to habits.
Instead of focussing on putting one foot in front of the other, or one word on a page, or file one paper, or submit one application, or send one email, we start thinking about all the time we have to put aside to run a marathon, on what it will do to the relationship once on a book tour for months, how we'll tell the boss we're leaving, how our house will look once everything is tidied and sorted. We overwhelm our brains with the enormity of the task instead of breaking it down into manageable chunks. We 'what if' all over it instead of focussing on 'what is'.
Run for one minute - ideally today, instead of tomorrow.
Want to have another piece of chocolate but also want to diet - pause for one minute before making a decision.
Want to start that assignment but the blank page is freaking you out, write something - literally anything - for one minute and then you get to stop again.
Need to clean the bathroom but Netflix is calling? Just put out the products you need and then you're allowed a break.
You life, your choice.
Until next time, stay safe - and sane - and be kind, to yourself and others.
After all, you're fucking brilliant!
This is a daily, micro-blog, taking less than 2 minutes to read, offering you insights into how presumptions, beliefs and stories shape our lives and worldview, for better or worse.