So awhile ago I discovered an interesting blog about self-improvement. No no, don't start running away, this is the first one I've seen that is
-practical (!) and simple
(You may disagree on all counts, of course)
Zen Habits | Simple Productivity
One of the core ideas presented in this blog that I really like is the 30 day challenge. Basically, you think of 1 (ONE, and only one) habit that you'd like to form/break, and then focus on following it every day for 30 days...the idea being that after that it'll be well on its way to becoming a habit and you won't need to consciously think about it anymore...and then you can move on to another habit if you want.
You can use a trigger to remind you to do your habit (the example they used: you want to form the habit of brushing your teeth daily, so you use the trigger of showering and focus on brushing your teeth after you get out of the shower every day). You can make a chart and mark down the days you stick to it/break it if you want, but I prefer to keep track mentally. It's a really simple, obvious idea, but not one that I'd tend to use normally.
Anyway, I thought other people might be interested in joining in. I'm sure everyone has at least one habit they'd like to form/break, and maybe having a bunch of people doing it along with you would help with keeping to it.
Whoever wants to participate, you can check into this thread daily (or whenever) to share your progress.
EDIT: mods, feel free to move this to the blog section if you want, since it doesn't seem to be a multi-player event.
So I'll start.
My habit I want to break is leaving a trail of dirty dishes and garbage in rooms behind me. My trigger is getting up to leave the room (I need to start looking around the room at that time to see if I'm leaving dishes behind). And my progress so far is...not good. Which is why the need for the habit, of course.
Still not very good. I did remember
oncetwice though. And when I forget, I usually notice that I've forgotten before too long.
Remembered twice, forgot 3-4 times. Meh.
It's really hard to remember to think about this! It's getting frustrating.
Well, I spent the last two days playing video games and therefore being too distracted to eat, so I'm pretty sure I didn't make many dishes regardless.