Thursday, August 14, 2014

Habits I wish I had (but don't)

1.  Reading.  I would love to read.  I have fairy long list of books that I would love to get to, both novels and nonfiction.  Back in the days before children (B.C.?), I read.  I'm not a prolific reader, but usually I'd finish a book every 2 months or so.  Favorites included Murakami (I've read almost all of his novels) and inspirational books like The Happiness Project (what can I say, I like that stuff).

I really miss reading.  I still read some blogs (though I have culled my list substantially!) but it's definitely not the same.  There is something so nice about just curling up in bed and getting lost in a book for 30 minutes before going to sleep.  Hopefully when C starts making it through the night, this might actually be feasible.

The last novel I read before A. was born

2.  Practice deliberate unplugging.  I love my iPhone, but I hate that I love my iPhone.  I use it altogether too much.  It's so *@#* useful, is the problem, that there are legit reasons to pick it up.  I love being able to check weather, get directions to anywhere, and text friends/family with ease.  Plus the camera!  How can I not use it to capture A&C in their cutest moments?? But then it's so easy to pop into drift into time-wasting pursuits.

I cannot miss capturing these smiles!

I don't want to give up social media completely but I would like to corral those kinds of activities into discrete, purposeful chunks of time.  I have been putting my phone up on a shelf when I return home from work, which is helpful.  But then it often comes off the shelf for one if its "useful" functions, and . . . yeah.

3.  Meditation.  I have read so much about its benefit, and would love to give it a try.  5 minutes a day should be doable, right?  And yet I've never been even the slightest bit consistent in attempting to make this a habit.  Do you meditate?  If so, when?


Some good posts (somewhat) recently:

mothers in medicine: taking care of ourselves

becoming minimalist: don't buy stuff you don't need

zen habits: living the simple life

mark's daily apple: what difference can being present make?