Sunday, August 8, 2010

Will Power


They say it takes 21 days to start a habit but getting through the 21 days can be a royal pain in the you-know-what.

At the start of this year I made a resolution - just like every year prior - and I decided that I was going to set monthly goals. Eventually my goals would get tougher as the year progressed because my will power *should* be higher than it was on January 1st. Well, I think that lasted about a week, maybe even less. Around January 6th I was back into my regular routine of doing pretty much nothing.

I have been blessed and cursed with the ability to work from my house. This is a blessing because it gives me all the time during the day to do the things I would otherwise have to do at night which is a great opportunity to "stay on top of things." It's a curse because in the few years I have been working from home I have become a master at killing time, pottering around, surfing the internet and generally working on my own laziness.

This has always been on my mind to some degree but it's not until recently that I've decided it might be a problem. I regard myself as a motivated individual who gets things done. Of course, I am this person to a certain extent but the room for improvement is exponential.

I think in order for me to feel true happiness I need to feel like I am moving forward. I need to have goals in mind and I need to feel like I have accomplished something. In addition, I need to be on the go because my mind gets bored very easily. I don't enjoy lounging around all day (except for when I've been on the go for so many days in a row obviously I enjoy resting), I just tend to do it because it's a habit I've created involuntarily without really realizing it.

I work best with lists and steps to get things done. I have decided that I will create a list of things I want to start as my new habit such as staying up to date on current events, yoga, a regular exercise regime, healthier eating habits, limiting carbs, reading actual books instead of facebook and the list goes on. I think that if I post my monthly goals in a place where they are right in front of me every day then I will have greater success because I can't avoid looking at them ALL the time.

I am excited to see how this turns out and what my results are in 25 days (that way I have 4 days to truly decide if it has in fact become a habit). A wise man once said, "your tomorrow is a reflection of what you make of your today." So here's to today!