Monday, January 4, 2016

Habits are Hard to Break

If you Google, How long does it take for something to become a habit?, you will find differing responses. People used to think it took about 21 days for a new action to stick (that misconception was partly due to a statement by Maxwell Maltz in the 1950s). But as of a few years ago, science supposedly stated that it takes 66 days--not 21--for something to become a habit. Which means that 300 or so days ago, blogging each and every day became a habit of mine. A habit I'm having trouble breaking.

Some would not find a blogging habit to be much of a problem. I mean, it's not that I'm out there bingeing on alcohol or recreational drugs, nor am I hurting anyone (or myself ) with such a habit. (Remember this habit? Yeah, it's still a part of me.) And truthfully, sitting down in front of my computer, if I have a moment of time, isn't all that bad. However, if I sit in front of the computer and write to you instead of revising what I've written? Well then, I'm putting off that dream of mine again. And I don't want to do that.

Where does that put me, then? If I can't say goodbye to you--and I really thought I could--then I might have to give in, write a few sentences each day, and not worry about the quality of those sentences. The less I "care" about what I've written here, the more time I'll have to revise what's sitting in my "Stories" folder on my laptop. The best of both worlds, maybe.

We'll see how it goes.


T said...

Thank god or I'd be stuck in bed forever waiting for your posts.

Christina said...

I think you are the #1 reason why I'm compelled to do this every day. If you're fine with crap posts, then I guess I might be able to oblige.