Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Every Wednesday I get together with 2 other people to discuss goals, set new ones, and talk about self-development in general. Tonight our discussion was one of the most intellectually stimulating I've ever been a part of.

Previously I only discussed topics like this while hammered, but now I have 2 other humans that push me to think about it more consistently and actively. And I can tell it's making a difference.

The thing I've noticed, as I've tried to add more positive daily habits to my "routine," is that each new habit means one more thing to influence the outcome of each day (i.e. good or bad). For instance, today I finally made it back to spinning class, a great victory that started the day out seriously right, but now I'm so exhausted I'm going to skip the tasks I preblogged and go straight to bed.

Consistently waking up to incomplete preblogged tasks could add up to some negative mornings. But hitting a good workout almost always ensures that day ends with a smile on my face.

So as I've added more activities, there are more things actively determining the outcome of my day.

Meaning that as the days progress, I'm in the moment more and more, actively defining my fate, and trudging through life as a zombie less and less.

And that, I think, is the direction I want to be headed.


Blogger kjentzen said...

it still pretty much amazes me that you go to spinning class, but besides that.. i agree, it is nice when you find a way to influence the outcomes of your day, either stepping it up a notch, or slowing it down... and actively participating in those decisions makes them a little sweeter.


9:45 AM  
Blogger syd said...

interesting point...but maybe its the novelty of these activities that is whats influencing your day. your day starts out spectacular when you go to your infamous spinning class, but perhaps its because that spinning class is a break from your lazier norm that makes you feel oh so good. maybe the habit that you should envelope in your routine is the habit of spontaneity and change.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Mix said...

Interesting idea; could you tell me how I put "spontaneity and change" into my day in a practical way? I'm interested.

8:29 PM  
Blogger syd said...

The following is from "Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Business Creativity for the 90s" by Michael Michalko:

Dukes of Habit

Dukes of Habit must always do things the same way, must have everything in its place, and are at a loss if something violates their routine. Because everything in their lives is precisely folded, labeled, and placed in neat little cubbyholes, Dukes of Habit are limited problem-solvers. Don't be a Duke of Habit.

Deliberately program changes into your daily life. Make a list of things you do by habit. Most of the items will probably be those little things that make life comfortable, but also make it unnecessary for you to think. Next, take the listed habits, one by one, and consciously try to change them for a day, a week, a month, or whatever.

-Take a different route to work.
-Change your sleeping hours.
-Change your working hours.
-Listen to a different radio station each day.
-Read a different newspaper.
-Make new friends.
-Try different recipes.
-If you normally vacation in the summer, vacation in the winter.
-Change your reading habits. If you normally read nonfiction, read fiction.
-Change your break habits. If you usually drink coffee, drink juice.
-Change the type of restaurants you go to.
-Change your recreation. Try boating instead of golf, and so on.
-Take a bath instead of a shower.
-Watch a different television news broadcaster.

if you take this "mindpumping" activity (as Michalko puts it) and apply it to yourself and your lifestyle it actually can spark something, weather it be a not-so-regular emotion or an awesome idea. its how i got one of my really cool project ideas :)

try it and let me know.

10:23 PM  

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