More on habits

A while back, I posted about trying to establish some new habits.  It’s a work in progress.  It’s difficult to establish habits when you’re not yet into a routine.  Our routine really won’t begin until Wednesday.  Today is a weird administrative day for passing out schedules, getting pictures taken, etc., so it’s not normal.  So, I’m taking it a day at a time, which is what I think I’m just going to have to do.  I never know when I’m going to need to stay late for a meeting or to help a student.  Geeky Girl sometimes wants to do things with friends after school and I’ll just wait for her.  Days just don’t always go as planned.  Over the last couple of weeks, I have managed to keep a few habits that have helped me keep the house a little neater.  I’ve been putting things away rather than to leave them sitting and then have a pile to deal with days (or weeks) later: dishes, clothes, shoes.  Whenever I notice something isn’t where it’s supposed to be, I take it where it needs to go.  So far, I’ve been good about this.  I might miss a day, but never two.

Mr. Geeky and I also started finishing up some long neglected house projects.  We put up the drywall in the bathroom and I spackled the front porch to prep for painting (it’s been naked drywall for about 5 years).  I think we both feel better about keeping things neat when the rooms under the clutter look good.  Speaking of which, we still have a lot of clutter to get rid of, but we’re working on it.

Fitting in exercise is still a challenge.  My fitbit shows my walking activity to be all over the map.  I’d say I’m averaging between 5 and 6K steps per day, far below the 10k recommendation/goal.  I know myself well enough to know that trying to get in an extra walk in the morning isn’t going to work.  I only give myself about an hour to get ready and get out the door.  Squeezing in a 1/2 hour walk isn’t going to happen.  And there’s no getting me out of bed any earlier.  If work started at 9, that’d be one thing, but I start at 8.  I’m planning to walk in the afternoon/evening, bringing clothes to work every day, so that I can go from work if I want.  I’m just really good at talking myself out of taking a long walk.  It’s too hot, too cold, raining, not enough time, etc.  Those are the things I really need to overcome.

Once school really starts, I think there will be other things I want to do, so I’m sure I’ll revisit this issue again.  I keep trying.  At some point, I’ll succeed.

2 Replies to “More on habits”

  1. I’m right there with you on the Fitbit challenge. I think that in my teaching day I get about 5,000 to 6,000 steps, so then I really need to do a half-hour walk, and that’s going to get harder to fit in as the days get shorter. A colleague and I are going to try walking on our longer lunch hour on Mondays and Fridays. I agree with you that walking before school is going to be almost impossible, especially as (again) the days get shorter. It’s a challenge! (And let me know if you want to be friended on Fitbit.)

  2. Hey WN, I’d love to be your friend! I’ve done well this week so far, but we’ll see if I can keep that up. One thing that helps is “destination walking”. I’m surrounded by enough little stores and places that if I need, say, butter, I’ll walk to get it rather than drive. Anything within a mile, basically. I walked to the Farmer’s Market today and that helped a ton.

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