I recently went on vacation for a week with my three besties. It was so nice to get away from the harried schedule of my every day. We had a very laid back week. Lots of eating, playing games, watching movies, and sleeping—something I needed more than I realized.
Upon returning home, it has become clear to me how much so many of the things I do, habitually, every day are circumstantial. For instance, I’ve been a bit of a diet coke hound throughout my life. It’s just been a habit to go with the girls at work over to get a coke on our morning break. I didn’t miss it while I was gone. However—that first day back at work, I was jonesing for a diet coke, big time! It’s the same with my sleeping habits. I regularly go to bed late, but on vacation I was ready for bed around 10 (I know—it’s vacation—live a little!). My wake-up routine was also different. But, the moment I’m back in my own house, in my own bed, I’m right back to my regular habits. I hate to admit it, but I also watch way more t.v. than I know is good for me. Vacation? Very little t.v. I did a lot of reading. At home, I feel like there is no time for reading.
My goal is to keep this awareness about circumstantial habits alive over the next several weeks. I want to make a contentious note of when I’m doing something just because it is that time of day or just because it has been my habit to, and then take a good hard look at that habit. Is it serving me? Is it making me a better person? Is it affecting my health negatively? What might I do in its place that would help get a little bit closer to the person I want to be?
It’s time to shake up the routine and look at all the little things as they relate to the big picture. This could be life changing.