Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Habits



It's a relief to be done with the A to Z Challenge, but I must admit, that I was also a little sad to see it come to an end. Not only did I enjoy meeting so many other wonderful bloggers, but I loved being accountable for a post each day. No, I don't really want to keep up with such a rigorous schedule, but I would like to keep up the good habit of posting regularly.

I've always heard that it only takes thirty days to make a habit. There are some habits that I haven't broken in twenty years (like making my bed every day) and there are others that I break every year (like biting my nails- although at the moment I'm still going strong since January). But one of the most important habits I'd like to keep is writing first thing in the morning every day. I'm one of those people that gets obsessed with a book and cranks out a first draft in a month, but then I'll let weeks go by without keeping a regular schedule. 

But this is all about to change. Starting this beautiful first day of May, I'm going to make it a habit to write every morning. Thirty days from now it'll be habit. Or at least the beginning of one...

Do you have a habit that you're proud of? How about one you'd like to work on?

20 comments:

  1. That's a great idea, Kate. I don't always write every day, either—even though I want to. Sometimes the day just gets away from me, and before I know it, it's midnight and I'm too exhausted for anything but sleep. Maybe I should try this, too.

    One thing I'm still working on is exercising every day. I did it faithfully for months, but then we went on vacation, and I lost my drive. Exercise is not my favorite thing...

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    1. I really need to try harder to get more exercise too. I wish I could find something that I looked forward to doing instead of dreading. At least the writing is something that I love.

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  2. This year, I made it a point to write fiction every day - it could be a novel scene, a story idea, a prompt or just notes on someone or something I saw that day. It keeps me in the mindset of paying attention and asking questions. I do take breaks but I decide to take the break and don't just let it happen or fall by the wayside.

    And I'm with Dana on the exercise habit....

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    1. That's EXACTLY what I want to implement. I won't always be in the middle of a project, but I want to keep myself writing, even if it is just a prompt or notes.

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  3. I feel like the blog challenge did create a habit of being more invested in others blogs. I found some that I wouldn't have otherwise and I'm really glad I did. Another habit is reading a poem every morning.

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    1. What a beautiful way to start off the day!

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  4. You made it...A-Z. Wow! And best to you as you create this new habit of writing each morning. I don't have a writing schedule, just a general goal to write about three times per week. It works for me.

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  5. My habit is that I buy a slice of carrot cake from the grocery store every time I have to go and buy groceries. It's such a chore eating it, but somehow I manage to do it.

    SIGH.

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    1. Rough! I don't know how you do it :)

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  6. I don't have a habit of which I'm proud, but there are some things I would like to do as often as I can.

    One of them is writing. And I had a chance to write every day in April (meaning I did a Sunday aside as well). I'm not sure I want to keep it up, but who knows?

    Glad I found your blog — I trundled (like a Bear) over from Julia's.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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  7. Congratulations on completing the A-Z challenge!


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  8. What a terrific goal! I hope you get lots of writing done, and it becomes a habit for you. My habits include lying on the couch, watching TV, and eating chocolate. I'm very good at them. :-)

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    1. I will work a little harder on your habits too :)

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  9. I think anyone who completes the A to Z challenge is incredible! What dedication! Huge congrats! And you know, there are worse habits to form than blogging. :)

    Thanks again for your kind comment on my blog!

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  10. What an inspirational post. I can't say that I've managed to make the bed everyday for twenty years. It's fun meeting someone who has. I'm consistent with my writing, and that is a habit that I'm very proud of. My son and I wrote our first novel together and published it recently. Now we are working on the second book in the series. Regarding the A to Z Challenge, we made it half way. It was much more time consuming that I imagined it would be. Congratulations on seeing it to the finish!

    Donna

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  11. Oh, there are too many good habits I wish I had and too many bad habbits I wish I didn't possess. Ugh! I guess that means I'm human, right? I'm a work in progress and I'll be the first to admit it. Woot!

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  12. Congrats on finishing the challenge.
    Thanks for stopping by my place. I didn't get to return lots of blog visits, because of the AtoZ madness... so I'm playing catch up.
    Gosh, there were sooooo many good themes that I missed out on... but time was so tight...
    One habit I would love to return to, is ten minutes of free-writing every day... *sighs*


    Writer In Transit

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  13. i guess it is a double edged sword that thirty day thing---glad to follow you during the challenge and i look forward to your future posts!

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