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Habits are special. They're the things we do when we're not thinking. They're different from addictions: we succumb to our addictions even while we're thinking about them. Addictions usually require professional help and a long time to overcome. Habits, however, are easily addressable. All we have to do is remind ourselves to do something different from time to time.

let's quit...

I've collected a few habits I want to quit. Here are some of them:

  • When I run out of toilet paper, I just set a new roll on top of the empty roll instead of actually changing it. Time to make new habits!
  • I wait until my sink is full to do dishes. That's nasty!
  • I wait until I'm completely out of food before going grocery shopping. As much as I love eating plain rice and canned beans, I'd much rather have fresh fruit.
  • When I think someone's complaining just to get affirmation, instead of affirming them, I discourage them further. I want to quit that.
  • I watch YouTube before bed instead of reading books I actually enjoy. That's bad for my sleep hygiene!
  • Judging people before I get to know them. I have nothing to work from!
  • Judging people after I get to know them. If I'm still judging them, it means I really don't know them.
  • When I'm feeling down, I keep a running list of everything that's going wrong. I'm going to stop.
  • When I'm overwhelmed, I stop doing relaxing things to get more work done. That just makes me more overwhelmed and I want to stop.
  • When I'm at a party, I love telling stories! But partway through, I start to wonder if my friends really want to hear them. That's silly! If they didn't want to listen, they'd leave.
  • When I host a party, I dwell on the disappointment of who couldn't come. That stops me from enjoying the people who are there!
  • I noticed that I'm recently using more nosisms in my daily language. Not sure if it's actually a problem, but we're working on it.

let's start...

  • Getting my heart rate up first thing in the morning!
  • Thinking before I speak: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it encouraging?
  • Washing dishes as I finish with them.
  • Sweeping the floor at least once a year.
  • Focusing on one thing, before moving to the next.
  • Being flexible when filling my time.
  • Enjoying and appreciating everything, good and bad.
  • Listening attentively to everyone, especially my peers.
  • Enjoying the good weather outside!

wrapping up

My writer's block's still going strong. I have some things in the works, but for the time being, I'll work on concision and impact.

Have a great day!

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