Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to develop bad habits rather than good ones?
- Streaming the next episode of the new series you’re watching instead of working out that problematic plot point in your story.
- Going on Facebook to see what’s happening rather than writing that blog post that’s due.
- Googling “Icelandic Sheepdogs” instead of going to the grocery store.
- Researching the history of thread (or anything else) and convincing yourself it’s relative to your manuscript
There are rabbit holes everywhere you look, and it’s easy to fall into them.
At the same time (and you know this) it’s those good habits that make you feel… well, good.
- Getting some exercise in first thing in the morning before your workday (or that next episode) makes it more difficult.
- Avoiding carbs.
- Prioritizing your To Do List and getting things scratched off.
- Making your word count.
And even though I mentioned rabbit holes a few lines up, that isn’t where I was going with “Habit Rabbit.”
I tend to rabbit between good habits and bad ones. I know which ones make me happy, and which ones end up making me miserable and disappointed in myself. The trick is remembering that good feeling, and making the decision every single day to find it again.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes (and I have no idea who said it—I learned it at Weight Watchers, but it applies to so much more):
The chief cause of unhappiness is giving up what you want the most for what you want at the moment.
Do you rabbit? Have you ever? And if so, what things bring you back to those good habits?
It’s all better with friends.