Thursday, September 13, 2007

Daily habits - are they good or bad?

At Stress to Power I saw a post about Reprogramming Our Robot Minds. Since human behavior is so very interesting it really got me thinking. Are the majority of your habits helping you in life or hindering you? For me, I must confess that many of mine do both. For instance, I love the computer and when I’m playing around on it I learn a lot, whether I’m looking up recipes for dinner, having a good laugh or just playing with a program. However, at the same time I can end up on it for hours, skipping over the exercise, cleaning or other chores I need to do.

Am I the only one who has this problem? I get caught up in what I’m doing, which is usually a great thing – to be in the flow, in the present moment. But when it keeps me from doing what I should, does it do more harm than good? I said should because I usually get done what I need to, like the exercise and cleaning, it’s just I sometimes start out with a 15 minute cleaning job, and then decide to do the whole house and it turns into 2 hours.

I would argue that this habit does more good than harm. I still do what I want and need to do, just not when I planned to do it. The downfall of course, is that some of this (like exercise) is more effective when done every day rather than all at once. For a look at more ideas on habits and their effect on you, check out Jenny & Erin’s tongue-in-cheek quest for understanding.

Whatever your own results are, this is a good reminder to take a look at your habits and tweak any that might be impeding your success. Good luck!

4 comments:

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Cheerful Monk said...

:) Thanks for stopping by!

I do the same thing, and I've decided it works just fine for me. I get things done without having a rigid schedule.

I do exercise regularly. It's a well-ingrained habit, so I don't even have to worry about it. I can be completely immersed in a project, but a little voice keeps reminding me until I get that exercise in. That is one of my most appreciated habits.

Jean Browman
Cheerful Monk
Transforming Stress Into Personal Power

Cheerful Monk said...

:) Thanks for stopping by!

I do the same thing, and I've decided it works just fine for me. I get things done without having a rigid schedule.

I do exercise regularly. It's a well-ingrained habit, so I don't even have to worry about it. I can be completely immersed in a project, but a little voice keeps reminding me until I get that exercise in. That is one of my most appreciated habits.

Jean Browman
Cheerful Monk
Transforming Stress Into Personal Power

Erin said...

I have the same problem - for example this morning I was planning on just checking my email and now I find myself doing much more! It's hard to find the balance between giving yourself freedom to flow with your day and sticking to your original intentions.