How Did I Break My Good Habits?
On August 25, 2021, I wrote an article about my experience after reading James Clear’s Atomic Habits. A book that was seriously life changing. I downloaded the free Habit Tracker Templates and picked at least three things I wanted to change bit by bit and…it worked!
Is James Clear’s Book ‘Atomic Habits’ Another Quasi Self Help Manual Or Is It Truly Groundbreaking?
By now, unless you’ve been completely out of the loop, you’ve heard of James Clear’s Atomic Habits.
Have those habits stuck with me, though?
Lately, I’ve wondered why. If the book was so good and I had a great start in 2021, what halted my progress for all of 2022?
I reflected on some probable reasons. Maybe you can relate.
I didn’t have long range goals
One of my goals was to meditate for thirty days.
Only. Thirty. Days.
When that thirty day was up, I was done. Fini. I did not go back to it, yet I rejoiced over completing what I could. James Clear explains that missing a day or two is normal, but truly, missing one day of your good habit streak is more than enough missed time. Don’t make it a habit of breaking good habits.
Another of my goals, that I highlighted in my previous article, was to get to bed on time. This should have been a long range goal because going to bed is essential to healthy living — so is meditation, but specifically sleeping and getting the right amounts of sleep is so important.
For thirty days, instead of going to bed at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., like I normally would, I tried the atomic habit of just going to bed at 11pm. Still late, but I made sure to only use my cell phone in the living room area and keep the bedroom clear of electronics like laptops, tablets, etc.
The bedroom is for sleeping. Having a book or two in there is fine.