I fell behind on my writing schedule. It used to come at me naturally to write a blog post, but now it doesn’t. It happened because I failed to keep the momentum going.
Once you fall, it’s very difficult to go back. I used to have something in my mind everyday for next day’s post. However, since it’s been a long time I haven’t written any post, it doesn’t come to me naturally.
It used to be difficult for me to not write a post everyday in the morning because that’s what I used to do everyday. It used to feel like I missed something.
I never brushed my teeth at night few years back. It was my habit to not brush my teeth. Whenever I felt the importance of brushing my teeth at night, I’d find it very difficult to do so. I would skip or simply procrastinate. And I never brushed my teeth at night.
I simply struggled to brush every night. I would do it for some days and then leave it. I would have different excuses every time: “Today the water is cold and my throat is paining.”, “I’m sick and I need to get to the bed early”, “I have important assignment to complete and I can’t afford to waste any time.”, “I don’t have energy.”
I went through a series of pain period where I would brush my teeth even if I didn’t want to. Even if there were legitimate excuses.
I used a trigger to form the habit of brushing my teeth at night. As soon as I’d finish eating dinner, I made a rule to brush my teeth. Without brushing, I wasn’t allowed to move to my bedroom.
It sucked at first. I didn’t want to do it. However, with time it became a habit.
I feel weird if I don’t brush my teeth at night. I actually can’t go to bed without brushing my teeth at night. I feel like something’s missing.
Just like how I make time for eating, breathing, drinking, listening, sleeping, I make time for brushing.
This is how brushing at night became a habit.
Now, currently I’m facing the same problem with writing posts. I haven’t stopped writing entirely. I write private journals daily. However, I’ve gone downhill in writing posts on my blog.
So, I can do the same thing with blogging as I did with brushing. I can make a rule to not allow myself to surf net on my laptop unless I publish a blog post. If I can do that, it’ll be a habit with time.
What’s one area of your life that you’ve been going downhill on? What are the rules you can make for it to become a habit?