A couple of weeks ago, I told myself I was going to try to write a blog post every day in the month of November to get back in the habit of writing fairly regularly. I can hear you laughing from here. After my reunion, there was catchup, of course, and now I’m away again, grades are due Monday, and I leave next Saturday for a week long class trip. My days are packed with very little time to do much of anything extra. Writing here is important to me because it makes me pause, think, and reflect on what’s going on in my work or personal life, or about current events that are important to me. I can feel it when I days have gone by without my being able to work through things. It’s a good habit to cultivate.
Speaking of habits, I fell off the Couch to 5K program due to lack of time as well. But, like writing here, I just restarted. I think that’s the lesson I’ve learned about establishing good habits or new routines. It doesn’t always take the first time, and it’s not failure if it doesn’t. You can just try again. It doesn’t mean that you’re not a person who does x and so you should just give up.
It’s definitely hard to maintain a routine when your life isn’t routine. I’ve increased my travel, my evening obligations and other activities that change the structure of my day, making me shift around the other things I do. So I used to write blog posts in the morning, but sometimes I have to leave earlier. I was running in the afternoon, which now gets filled with meetings. But I’m starting to figure out how to carve out time for these things and set myself up to keep the habit. I bring my workout gear to work so I can run whenever I find a free 1/2 hour, and sometimes I have a colleague join me, which makes it more enjoyable. I blog on the weekend and publish during the week. I save articles of interest and create drafts that I can scroll through and create a post around later.
Life does sometimes get in the way of your best intentions, but rather than throw up your hands and say, I can’t do it, you can just rearrange some things and keep going.