Entry 32: Habit
Dictionary.com defines habit as an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.
I have read articles in the past that habit is your brain's way of thinking less and operating in auto-pilot. A great example is walking through your house, but being unaware of a table that has been moved slightly and stubbing your toe into it several times. Your brain is trained to remember mundane activities so you can think more about the task at hand.
But the big problem with habit is when you start to develop bad ones. Sitting in a bad position, eating cookies instead of apples, and watching YouTube all day instead of working on personal projects are just a few examples of bad habits. Sitting with a slouch can seem comfortable, cookies have more potential energy with less hassle (and they're freaking delicious), and watching mindless videos are relaxing activities.
Bad habits are also relative to each individual person. The examples I listed beforehand seem like my idea of a great evening away from work, but in the back of my mind I also know that I'm just a slob on the couch when doing these things. Sure it's easier and relaxing, but in the morning I feel so unproductive when I throw away my time and potential.
My day starts off with hitting the snooze button one too many times, which leads to rushing and missing a few breakfasts. Since I like to consider myself a hard worker at my job, most of my day-energy is poured into that, so by the time I get home I inevitably want to kick into auto-pilot and induce in my bad habits.
The hardest thing about breaking certain habits is trying to convince your brain to work harder for another result, but your brain will fight back. I have read that it takes about 20 days to create a new habit, whether it be good or bad. This also means it would take 20 days to break a habit, which is insane in my opinion.
Currently I would like to develop some artistic habits while dropping the snooze habit. There's this one student-artist I follow on Twitter by the name of Piper Thibodeau, and she does daily concept art. So far she's on #640. That person has a worthwhile habit that make me jealous.
Right now, I am starting to grow anxious with this feeling to go back to my bad habits, but I also want to change. I remember once for Lent I gave up soda because I used to drink it everyday, and after a month I no longer enjoyed soda and I made the switch to healthier options like vitamin-water and juices. About 5 years later, I still only indulge in soda less than once a week.
Change is possible, but it takes time and sometimes a stronger than normal will-power. What types of bad habits have you dropped? How were you able to develop good habits? Leave a comment below, and thanks for reading!