November 4, 2008 § 4 Comments
Yesterday, after many weeks of procrastination, I finally got Mocha to the groomers. She needed it! But what I thought would be a simple trip to the groomers turned out to be a [echo effect]DAY OF HORRORS!!!! DUN dun duuuuun…..
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September 25, 2008 § Leave a comment
So, some unexpected side effects to habit training. As soon as I make my bed, the dog jumps up and expects to go somewhere. I have inadvertently trained my dog in the habit of thinking making the bed means we leave the house.
September 17, 2008 § 8 Comments
Thank you for the advice and encouragement to yesterday’s angsty post. I’m going to take some of those suggestions and put them into practice. This morning, a dear friend who has been going through these cycles with me for years sat down on the phone with me to work out a cognitive behavioral plan for new habit-forming. My therapist has been saying that I need to get out of bed and do something everyday, and I think he has gotten rather frustrated with me for not sticking to anything for more than two days in a row. So here’s the plan. (Remember, these are baby steps, the list will get longer in time.)
For now, I have to get out of bed every morning, shower, get dressed, and then make the bed. After I have done this, I must call my friend to let her know I have accomplished the morning’s tasks.
Sounds simple, I know. But you have no idea how difficult it is for me to be consistent, and this whole exercise is about building new, good habits. More will be added to my list of “things to do each day” but for now, we are starting with basics.
I have added to this that I will keep a journal of my habit forming efforts; first to make sure I do my tasks daily, and secondly to keep a record of progress. These will be journals for my personal benefit, but if anyone is interested in following along on the journey, you are more than welcome. I may even create a filter for these journals, so if you want to watch, or even participate with your own habit forming exercises, let me know and I’ll add you to my habit filter. Heck, I may even start a community, if enough people are interested.