It’s the first day of a brand new month, and a good day as any, to begin something new. So, why not do something that I have been trying to work on, but failing successfully for so long now? My mind was as wide awake last night at 1 am, as it is at 8 am, as I lay in bed, ruminating on the need for something new, something different.
My Geminian nerves get restless if something new and exciting isn’t happening every now and then. I get bored with the little things in life. No, I don’t cast away those boring little things, I just push them to some far corner of my mind and look for something to replace them with; something that challenges me, makes me work hard and changes me in its own little way.
So, as I lay thinking about this much-needed change I wished to bring, a line from an Instagram post flashed in my mind. A blogger friend, Vasantha Vivek shared it–a digital detox tip:
“Stay away from your mobile before 9 am & after 9 pm everyday.“
These words just popped out of nowhere last night and I almost sat up! Now, that is the kind of change I needed! Since the longest time, I have been trying to break this particular habit of mine, but in vain. I would just give up after a week, or so, and then repent. But, what good was all that repentance when I wasn’t doing anything about it?
So, last night, I decided, that, this is it, enough is enough. This is what’s been bothering me, and I am going to get it out of my system, altogether. How wonderful it felt! And, today being the 1st of a new month, I felt I needed something new to feel good about. A good change that would, definitely, help me.
So, today, my phone stayed far away from me till 9 am and after 9 pm and also in between.
Do you wish to know how well I succeeded?
Today, I finished my chores before the usual time.
I finished writing a new article.
I worked on a blog post for the next week and prepared a Pinterest image for the same.
I began reading a new motivational book.
And, finally, my eyes felt less tired as I did not strain them by staring mindlessly at my phone.
So, thank you, Vasantha, if you are reading this!
Life was really so much more peaceful and less distracting before these damned smart phones invaded our world, isn’t it? And, we, the idiots, just let ourselves get all carried away, and now, look where it’s landed us!
But, as I said, any day is a good day to break an old habit and work on forming a new one.
TIPS TO FORM A NEW HABIT:
1. Think about the one habit you really wish to change.
2. Write it down in your journal.
3. On a page, write the date you decide on beginning the change.
4. Mark the date that comes 21 days later (a habit normally takes 21 days to change).
5. Make conscious efforts to make sure you follow the change you have decided upon.
6. Make an entry in your journal everyday about how you fared.
7. Be mindful about how you behave, the activities that you do.
8. At the end of a week, see if there is any improvement. If there is, reward yourself to motivate yourself to keep going.
9. At the end of 21 days, see if you have been successful in breaking the habit for good.
10. Celebrate your victory!
It does need a lot of work, and patience, to keep working on yourself so that that old, annoying habit doesn’t return and ruin things for us.
I plan on working on it, working on myself and coming back a month later to read this post and write a new one about how I kept my word to myself, so, help me God!
it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. I plan on waiting for 31 days to see how well I succeed. I know, I will succeed! I quit drinking coffee! Yup, it’s been more than a month now, and it feels so good!
So, do visit Metanoia on the 1st of next month to see if I do succeed!
Do you wish to join me in bringing about a little change in yourself? Maybe something similar to what I have decided–changing the relationship we have with our stupid phones? Do let me know and we will work towards it, one day at a time, one step at a time.
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