Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Let's try to form a new habit - UPDATE

by Edvard Munch

I guess if you would like to form a new habit you actually have to start to do it.

Last week when I decided that I needed to form a new habit I forgot to do one crucial thing, start.  Failure to launch.  Houston we have a problem. I did not jump off the deep end. I may have missed the mark.

The good news is it can only go up from here.  I at least recognized that I totally failed on starting a new habit.  I think the first step for me is finding a nice easy read.  If you are going to try something new it can be incredibly discouraging if you start with something too hard.  It's like going to school to be a mathematician and you start with Advanced Calculus instead of Intro to Calculus.

I'm not sure if I'm going to have a physical book or maybe just use my Kindle.  Books feel nice and are a constant reminder that you need to read.  They don't serve many purposes except to be pages that are read (or maybe a nice coaster) however that means I would 1) have to actually carry something else, and 2) I would only be able to read those pages.  So if the book sucked I wouldn't have anything else to read.  If I use my Kindle, when I download the books I can access them on my phone, computer and Kindle.  The cons of using my Kindle is that I can't read outside and I get super distracted.

My birthday is coming up maybe I can convince my husband to buy it :-)

Not only am I a brat about it because I feel like I need multiple points of access I also don't want to have an email/phone call/text message distract me.  If I read on my Kindle Fire, computer or phone I may get distracted by Instagram (I have a problem).  If I used the Paperwhite I wouldn't be distracted by these things.

Gaahhhh!!!  As I type this out I know that I'm just making excuses for not doing what I'm supposed to do... read!!

Ok, so let's get this habit thing going again.  Tonight, my task is to find a good book to read and figure out a way to make sure that I don't forget to read it.

Step 1: Find a book
Step 2: Read the damn thing
Step 3: Repeat until it becomes a habit!

Anyone know of any good books to start with?

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