New Habits

In my last post I talked about changing the way in which I use the computer – changing my habits. It was a habit change that I was willing to put effort into because it is important to me to reduce distraction and train my mind to concentrate.

Years ago when I worked for an insurance company I went on a time management course. Something that stuck with me is the consequence of not distinguishing between the important and the urgent. We can spend all our time on urgent tasks, and even the not-so-urgent, and never get round to the important stuff.

This is where understanding how to make effective changes to our habits comes in. And with New Year resolutions just around the corner I thought it would be timely to look at this. I came across a website called, appropriately, Zen Habits. The author, Leo Babauta, talks about how habits are formed by being tied to a trigger by constant repetition and how you can set up a new habit by linking it to a trigger, such as sitting to meditate after washing and dressing in the morning.

It’s crucial to fully commit to the new habit, just deciding you want to get fit isn’t going to be enough (as we all know!). I’ll let you read Leo’s tips for yourself. I particularly like the Habit Sprint.

If you are anywhere near Cromford next year do come and have a cup of tea with me.

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