Do you have a habit you’d love to break? Perhaps your other half does something that drives you up the wall? Lately I’ve been reading a book about the habits of successful people and it got me to thinking about my own habits – good and bad – and wondering about other people’s. I’m a nosy cow and love to find out a bit about folk that not everybody knows so I thought I’d ask around some of my blogging community and find out what they consider to be their habits, for better or worse and see if we have anything in common.
Just for fairness’ sake I feel I ought to answer some of these myself first, so, as Monday seems like a good day to talk about starting new habits, here are my replies. Do then look out on my blog every Monday to see what everybody else has to say!
What are your good habits?
I’m pretty good at drinking water and think it’s become something of a habit now. My body is certainly used to a good 3 or 4 pints of it a day and complains if I don’t deliver. When it comes to habits, though, I’m really more of a bad-habit gal and have a few of those whereas I can’t easily think of positive acts I habitually do. Unless talking to people counts? I’m an habitual accoster of random strangers. Luckily I live in a smallish town/village where such behaviour is acceptable, although I was in London recently and even managed to find someone on the tube to chat to – no mean feat considering most of them won’t even make eye contact!
What habits are you trying to cultivate/would you like to cultivate?
I would like to be more organised. Organisation is a habit that often defeats me and leaves me feeling panicked and stressed. It seems to come so naturally to some people but for me it’s a real effort, so I’m working on that by using my Google calendar and scheduling stuff. Time will tell if it works out, I’m already going a bit off-piste by writing this post. Today is supposed to be a day to schedule things, not do more writing. Oops.
I would also like to get into the habit of going for a run. First I need to find my trainers and some heavy-duty support underwear though, as post-baby boobs and tummy seem to want to run in different directions from me!
What are your bad habits?
A technology addiction. I check my phone way too much, usually when I’m supposed to be doing something else. I also read too much – I get way more done when I put the Kindle away. I also stay up late too much, but it’s just so nice to have some quiet time alone in the house whilst everyone else sleeps. A rare commodity for a SAHM. And if chocolate is a bad habit, I have that, too. In fact snacking in general – I’m never really hungry.
Which bad habit would you most like to break?
The snacking. I don’t need all the extra food but it just tastes sooo good! I need to find some serious willpower here.
Have you succeeded in breaking any habits?
Um… I probably am a bit more organised these days, but it still needs a bit more work. Oh, and I used to chew my hair but that was many years ago and I’ve long since stopped.
Which habits of your partner and/or children drive you up the wall
Well I swear to god if my son sticks his fingers up his nose one more time I’m going to hack them off with a blunt spoon. Yuck! The Man has a bit of an Amazon.co.uk habit I roll my eyes at, but then I think we will forever be at odds on the essential-to-life nature of Star Wars lego action figures or whatever he’s succumbed to purchasing this week. The Girl is still a wee bit small to have any habits as such, but she is currently saying “Naughty Mummy” every time I go against her will in the slightest way and it’s equal parts funny and frustrating as I never call her naughty – even when she is!
If you would like to take part in this series, or have any suggestions on ways to change our habits, then comment below or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to check back next Monday to hear all about the habits – good, bad and irritating – of Tom from The Unlikely Dad!