Thursday, April 16, 2015

Habits and the Clock

coming atcha at 5:15am

I have to say, developing new good habits -- or breaking bad ones -- is hard.  However, I find the process interesting in and of itself.  Even when I fail (and I do, more often than not) I definitely learn something.

Recently I have noticed that the strongest factor determining whether or not I will be successful with a habit is simply . . . the time on the clock.  I am a pretty extreme morning person, and fade out most nights before 10 pm, unless there is something exciting/social/fun going on (and usually there isn't, to be honest!).

Give me a to-do item at 5am and it will get done.  I am great about working out in the morning and have an essentially 0% success rate at any other time.  It is easy for me to eat a healthy breakfast, but by 6 pm I am often searching for (dark) chocolate*.

Over the years, I have learned to structure my days so that this isn't so much of a liability.  As in, I schedule the things I really want to get done for the mornings.  However, I still find myself tempted to put evening items into my planner.  And they never get done, and I often feel bad and find myself moving them to the next morning, anyway.

So . . . I probably should try to keep the PM habits to only fun things that realistically could happen (reading in bed, going to bed early enough so that I can enjoy productive mornings, and the like).

* not trying to vilify dark chocolate, but it may not be the best 6 pm habit