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Saturday, March 02, 2013

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!! emoticon ) 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/
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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! emoticon


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!
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  • HOLISTIC5
    Don't we all have the clutter problem-I try to do the one area a day to "pick" up and Clean one room a day ( I live in a larger place then you )--sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't emoticon
    2474 days ago
  • MORETA63
    "Surfacely challenged" I like that.
    2474 days ago
  • MISSY455
    Good luck with your goal! I know clutter is an issue for me too. My hubby calls it "surfacely challenged" I hope you share your progress with us, and give us some pointers!
    2474 days ago
  • NUCLEARMUM
    Great blog and info on habits. I am with you on the clutter. Stuff Uggggh...oh to live as a minimalist. Great habit choice indeed!
    2474 days ago
  • NINETOZE
    Uggh! Cleaning! I'm so lazy when it comes to cleaning. My definition of cleaning is picking up stuff and putting it away. Need to do it more often too!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Erin
    2474 days ago
  • DEEEBEE
    Everyday is a battle against clutter. I cannot believe how much mail we get...and really not so much junk, either. It's stuff I have to read. Ugh! And then I have to find a place to put it. So I have a stack of "To-B-Filed's" waiting for me to file. And when I need to find something, guess what, I have to look through that stack!

    Good luck with building those good habits!

    DeAnne, Missourians Team

    2474 days ago
  • GEMLADYONE
    Ha, me too...in fact I was working on this at my house...one room at a time, but since I started needing to find time to plan meals, shop, cook healthy, and exercise...oh and of course go to work (LOL), the house organizing project has been suspended...until further notice I guess. Good luck...and I'm jealous! emoticon
    2474 days ago
  • MICKEYH
    Yeah ~ me too!! My house could use this habit or two. Lol)) emoticon
    2474 days ago
  • TURTLETALK
    This sounds like a good plan. My house could use some goals like this. emoticon
    2474 days ago
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