What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
I’ve been thinking about this concept a lot this month. (Surprise, surprise, it's another Gretchen quote). I think this is where the power lies in habits. Once in a while I sit down and write a blog post, but when I imagine what it would be like if I did it every day - I know I would get a lot more mileage out of it. But doing something every day seems difficult, right? Maybe not.
My boyfriend, Nick and I talk a lot about work flow, creating good habits, etc. His job surrounds him with some very motivated tech/creative types who have lots of different methods in order to get things done. Once he told me about this meal replacement called Soylent that his coworkers drink. They drink it so they can keep working and don’t have to break for lunch. I couldn’t get over how ridiculous this sounded. “Food should be enjoyed, not replaced with some random boring shake! Take lunch, people need to take a break!” I yelled. However, today something clicked. I kind of get it.
Today is my day off, and I woke up this morning with a really horrible headache. I sat there for a few minutes and decided to make a choice. I could choose to be lazy and watch Orange is the New Black in the dark cave that is my bedroom, or I could get up and do something with my day, and fight through the headache. I chose the latter.
I didn’t do anything particularly mind blowing with my day. I spend most of it cleaning and organizing things in my room and doing various creative projects I’ve been meaning to do. But I got in a flow. Time was passing by and I didn’t want to stop. By 4:30 I got more done in a day than I usually ever do. And that’s when the Gretchen Rubin quote ran through my mind yet again, What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
And then I got hungry and didn’t want to stop my work flow. Oooohhhh. I thought to myself. Now I get it.
I don’t want to stop eating solid meals, but I want to keep exploring this type of flow. I’ve experienced it plenty of times before, but I don’t think I realized that I could get into it every day. Like I said, nothing I did today was earth shattering work, but I was productive and it really didn’t take that much effort aside from the choice and the intent to get things done.
So as July is approaching, I’m shifting towards breaking this project down and making it more simple. I’m going to focus on one new habit each month, something I’ll do every day. And then, hopefully by the end of the year I’ll have lots of new daily habits that make my life...well...better. It’s a little more mundane, but its definitely more manageable.
July, here I come!