Creative title, huh? ;)
This blog is part of a challenge for the 2013 winter into Spring 5% Challenge Team. ( At this point I'd like to give a shout out to all my Awesome As!!
) The theme is to be "New Habit".
So here goes nothin'!
I would like to develop a lot of new habits, but a lot of mental energy goes into building new behaviors, so I think I'll start with one. One as far as this challenge is concerned anyway.
How long does it take to change a behavior? well, the conventional wisdon has always been on average around 21 days. Recent studies have shown, though, that the time it takes depends on many factors are involved, including the length of time the old behavior was practiced, and the difficulty of the new behavior. For example, the habit drinking a glass of water every day is easier and faster to aquire than a 15 minute run every day. In an article published in 2009 (Abstract here: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
unfortunately you have to pay to read the whole thing.)) Researchers found that new behaviors to from 18 - 254 days to become habit, with the average being 66 days!!! Thank heavens missing a day seemed to have no effect on habituating (how's that for a big word? ;)) the new behavior. But still...maybe almost a year? Ouch.
So what new habit am I going to work on? Cleaning. Housecleaning. Cans of furniture polish shaken, not stirred. It's not that my apartment is dirty as such, dishes get washed, floor gets vacuumed, but it's cluttered. I have a little less than 500 square feet and only bins and boxes for storage. Flat surfaces don't stand a chance. So I would like to get into the habit of picking up/organizing one spot each day, eventually leading to a place for everything and everything in it's place.
I just want to be able to sit down at my sewing machine without having to shift the earth first!
Another habit I'll be getting into, somewhat unintentionally, is the habit of blogging. You see, we get points for every day we blog about our new habits. Yoiks!