While not quite enough to form a full blown habit (I hear it takes 21), five days is enough time to start what might become an all out habit without the daunting keep going and going and going and going aspect. There’s an end in sight. Five days. And I can do anything for five days in a row.
Before I go too much further, let me explain a bit of the backstory.
I’m a fan of projects and goals and habits. Every year brings about a new Annual Project (Project 2012 is “The Year of the Carrot” and three months in I’m still a proud vegetarian and occasional vegan). This is my attempt to instill a new habit into my life (not just a goal, but an actual change to the rhythm of my day to day living and being). I’ve done a bit of reading about habits. I often make lists in my sleep, thinking through new systems and structures for my rule and rhythm of life. Any my latest one is to try something new each week for five days in a row.
For example, I might decide to blog for five days in a row (day one, check). And then next week I might decide to wake up at 5a for five days in a row. And then the next week I might decide to go running for five days in a row. And then the next week I might decide to finish a book every day for five days in a row. The possibilities are endless. (And if nothing else, it will make for some good blogging along the way.)
But there might be something else. These ideas might actually move from a five day goal to a full blown habit. The “do it for five days” disclaimer provides enough motivation to actually accomplish what I set out for. I might not be a runner (yet?), but I sure as hell can go running every day for five days. And once I get the itch, I might just keep on scratching.
So internet world, it’s official. starting tomorrow I will embark on my “five days in a row” adventure. And the first one will be blogging. (Because this new blog needs some content!)
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