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Trying a couple things out

09 Sep

So every once in a while, we need to shake things up a bit with ourselves. I’m a fairly big creature of habit. Every morning when I brush my teeth the cover for my toothbrush goes on the left side of the counter, I grab the toothpaste out of my drawer, put on a dab and immediately place it back where it belongs. I like this kind of routine.

Starting a new habit can be a bit daunting for many people, me included. They say it takes 30 days to get a new habit to form. I’m a somewhat frequent reader of lifehacker and I like quite a few of the points in this article including 1, 5, 7, and 18 . So what are the new habits I’m working on? Well, one is a habit I’ve had off and on for quite a while, running. I was big at in in high school and college until I fractured a vertebrae in my back (T6). I ran a road race after that, but had to walk the second half (a first for me) because of the pain. Since then I’ve really laid off of it and only recently, perhaps the last two years or so, started back up. I haven’t really been consistent enough for my taste. I’ll run a few times a week for a week or two. Then nothing for a month or more. Starting now I’m going to see if I can make this sucker stick. I’m going to commit to myself of running 3 times a week for a total of 6 miles the first week, 8 miles the second, 10 miles the third and 12 miles the fourth. After that, I’ll reevaluate and reset my goals.

The second habit is one I’ve never really tried out, but I think will be interesting. I’ve downloaded a few apps recently to help me manage passwords and action items and one that popped up on a recent search for tips and tricks for the latter was an app for journaling. The app is called Day One and it caught my eye with it’s aesthetics and simplicity. The integration with a reminder system to catch me at desired intervals and have me jot some thoughts down was a nice touch. It was only a few bucks and I think keeping track of my thoughts in a digital manner will be interesting. I’m a big fan of my Moleskine’s and I use several at work every day to take notes and write down ideas for changes.

We shall see how this turns out, but I’m going to try and make these two stick. I’ve got 2.1 miles down today and 3 journal entries so that’s a start!

 
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