Starting Small (But Still Starting)

Due to illness sweeping through all three generations at Casa ErrantWriter, I got off to a slow and very small start for my new habits. Some would say snail-paced and minuscule. But the important bit, the real key item, is that I started.

  • Three day blogging cycle: Check. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (I might even post something tomorrow!), and a short Quote post on Tuesday.
  • Early Rising: Not so much a check. When you have twin toddlers fighting colds, it’s less that you’re waking up early and more that you never went to sleep. Still, I managed to get up before my usual alarm of 6:15 on 2 days, and did some reading/self-care before anyone else was up.
  • 10K steps: No check. Average for the week is 7.6K a day, and only one day broke 10K. Some of this might be from not always having my phone with me (I don’t use a wearable, just the Health app on my iPhone), but I need to own the fact that I’m not walking enough.
  • 500 words a day of fiction: Haha, no. I wrote on Monday that I was already averaging 500 words a day. Then disaster in the form of rampant illness hit the house. Counting the 250 words I wrote today at lunch, I’ve written a total of…250 words this week. Climbing slowly back up on that horse.

1.25 out of 4 isn’t a passing grade, or a very good film, but it is better than 0 out of 4. And this is a work in progress: I’ll keep making progress as long as I do the work.

Five Month Fresh Start

It’s 150 days, 5 30 day months, or 21.4 7 day weeks from today until the end of August. As I treat September as the beginning of my year, not January, this is my countdown clock, the number of days I have to test some new habits and life-optimizations before deciding what to keep and what to trash for the new year.

The habits I’ll be trying for the next 30 days (then I’ll re-evaluate, discard the ones that don’t work and do a new 30 day batch) are the following:

  • 3 day blogging cycle on this site. Roughly planning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Early rising. With twin toddlers I’m already up early, but I’ll need to stretch that to waking up at 5 if I want to take advantage of morning hours.
  • 10K steps a day. At the moment I’m averaging 8000 steps a day during my work week, and 11K on the weekends. I’ll need to start taking longer lumch walks to move those numbers up.
  • 500 words a day of fiction. Yes, this is very small. But it’s doable, I’m already averaging that amount, just in major pushes over the weekends. I’d like to see if I can do this as a daily habit.

There you go; 4 habits to work on for the next 30 days.