I read an article this week where the author undertook a 21-day challenge to establish positive habits (the amount of days he'd been told it took to establish new patterns). He found that if he took his goals, which were often too optimistic and cut them in half and then ticked them off a chart every day, he was not only prompted by the physical chart to accomplish his goal, but by not overestimating his enthusiasm and sticking to achievable goals, he was able to accomplish the feat. He chose two goals; I chose four. Yes, I know what you're thinking: already I'm overdoing it. Maybe. But I did cut each one down into bite-size pieces that I think I'm more likely to do. So play along if you want. Put in a comment and tell me what you've decided to tackle. I'm going to meditate 10 minutes every day; walk 15 minutes; write half an hour (that'll be the hard one because I'm sure my indecision over when's the best time to do this will frustrate me until I settle on morning or evening); and eat a healthy green salad least 14 times in the 21 days (realistically, I won't do this every day but if I give myself a break, perhaps I'll make it a habit to eat them more than I do now). If these work, I may extend the challenge and tackle a few more because there are a ton of things I'd like to improve about my health habits and life goals. So come on. Join me.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.