Habits are tricky. At one point starting in May 2018, I was waking up early, doing yoga, short meditation and then write and draw 15 minutes later in the day, at times also doing a daily comic. Of course I couldn’t sustain that.
I now have a habit tracker for my planner, mostly because it is fun to pick out things to try doing often. So far, as expected, I couldn’t sustain tracking my habits. In December, I tried to track these habits: Meditation/EFT Tapping, Yoga in the morning, eat a healthy meal or snack once per day, draw 15 minutes, write 15 minutes or longer, reading. It all fell off by the 18th, but I did have a vacation so that makes sense. In January, it was 4 habits: Do one thing towards selling art, Write daily, pull Tarot comic and/or do comic strip, yoga in the morning and meditation. I went from 6 daily habits to 4 habits. I fell off each one, ending with the 18th again. Then in February 5 habits: No Refined Sugar/eat healthy, giving myself leeway to not be perfect. I kept that up until the 25th (tracking it and mostly success doing it later in the month, then Journal/Gratitude, which I tracked the first two days, Draw 15 minutes and comic strip. Those did not work in terms of consistency and keeping it up.
This month I’m down to 3: Write 13 minutes/day which I do in the blog to keep track of when I do it and to post often. Eat healthy which has surpisingly been easy, and do one thing towards selling art, which I have to track better or give up on. It can include just a Facebook post or message about a price, just a small thing.
I’ve been tracking yoga for about 5 years, so I’m just continuing with that and not using the planner thing.
I am now following advice I tell my clients, which is, lower your expectations and aim for reasonable goals so that you can track your success and improvement, or not even track it but do it. I developped the 15 minute thing in 2018, timing the drawing and writing and then meditation. It helps to have a timer so the success is based on time spent on a self-care or goal oriented activity, as there is always success in putting in the time, and 15 minutes is actually a very long time.
Test yourself. Put on a stopwatch and then when you think a minute has gone by, look and see if it was only 30 seconds or if you got it, etc. No counting allowed.
The hand washing for 20 seconds for the Coronavirus is quite interesting as another topic. Can New Yorkers actually do it? 20 Seconds is a very long time. How do you count your 20 seconds… For tomorrow.