Developing the Habit

I’m writing another blog post today, because I’m in the mood to write blog posts. This is my third post. I’ll write it, and save it as a draft for later, or schedule it for a specific day in the future.

I’m in the mood to write blog posts because I have developed the habit of writing them.

I know it sounds like a redundant cliche, but I’m going to say it anyway: the more you do it, the more you’ll want to.

As lame as this bumper sticker phrase for writers comes across as, it’s completely true. It applies to writing, to crafting, to exercising, to eating properly, and so much more.

Think about when you were little and you had to be told to brush your teeth. It was a complete chore, and something you had to be forced to do. Now, as an adult, you feel icky if you go without brushing your teeth. You developed a GOOD habit.

At first, blogging may feel like a chore. Awww man, it’s been two weeks since my last post, I better force myself to come up with something to write. Often times the fact that you are FORCING yourself to write will come out in your tone, but don’t worry, that will go away. If you force yourself to go at it, to write a post every day, you will eventually be coming up with more ideas for posts than you will be able to deal with, and the urge to write those posts will develop.

(Like me, currently nursing the urge to write a post on developing good habits. ;-))

Same goes with other “chores” you have to cope with every day. If you force yourself to drink plenty of water like you’re supposed to, then you will eventually feel a giant thirst for the H2O the moment you have to go without it. If you force yourself to exercise every day, you’ll eventually feel antsy if you have to go without it.

It’s getting past that first initial hump, when the needed activity is a chore, that is the hardest. The best way to get past it is to designate a time, EVERY DAY, in which you assign yourself to the dreaded task. No skipping, because in the beginning this will set you back at square one. Depending on the task, you will eventually find yourself developing a habit, and you won’t even notice when you start to crave this activity, or in the very least, miss it when you are unable to attend to it.

The benefits of building good habits will accompany them. Such as having minty fresh breath.

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11 thoughts on “Developing the Habit

  1. Heather June 28, 2012 at 7:30 am Reply

    Great post Megan!

  2. Geri Allen June 28, 2012 at 8:23 am Reply

    This is just so true! I find blogging really hard and I have to force myself, and well, let’s say, it tends to be a long time between posts. But I will heed your good advice, and starting tomorrow I will start drafting my next blog and do a little very day aiming for maybe one post a week.

    It was the same with the piano practice, but now I really look forward to my piano practice and feel deprived when I can’t do it.

    This is a great motivational post, so thank you!

    • MegansBeadedDesigns June 28, 2012 at 8:43 am Reply

      Glad I could help Geri! Let me know how your blogging comes along! :-)

  3. Jennifer Morrison (@Aloquin) June 28, 2012 at 9:48 am Reply

    A great post, indeed! I Tweeted it, and am now following you! I love the bit about the minty fresh breath, so applicable now because I’ve two little ones I’m currently teaching to brush their teeth, and boy, do they fight me sometimes! LOL :)

  4. technicolorowl June 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm Reply

    As usual, great post! This is a good reminder to me, not just about my blogging but several changes I’ve been taking on that are not quite at the habit stage yet. =)

  5. All Unwound June 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Habits are hard to create. I’ve blogged about them a couple of times. I enjoy writing blog posts but am working on eating right and exercise. Since we eat several times a day we have a lot of opportunities to eat right…or eat poorly.

    • MegansBeadedDesigns June 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm Reply

      Exactly, especially with eating, all it can take is a “oh, I’m on vacation” excuse for a week or two, and we’ve developed some bad habits and cravings. I’m personally guilty of this! But man, that bacon sure is good! lol

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