Writerly Things 9/23/19: Dealing with Old Habits Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things 9/23/19: Dealing with Old Habits

Traci Kenworth

Sometimes, it’s hard to let go of the old habit we have. Nothing seems to work out the way that we plan, but there is hope!

Is it a Good Thing to Have Habits?

Yes and no. Some habits help us, others can defeat us. So, how do you know the difference? A bad habit drags us down. It corners us and makes us feel guilty and lost. Don’t let that happen to you. It’s never to late to rid yourself of a bad habit! Start, by making new ones. For instance, before I got into organizing things my day, I struggled to find time to do the things needed. I would use a million excuses not to do my writing. I was too tired. Too sick. There weren’t enough hours in the day. Yes, there are! You just have to use them wisely.

Good habits help us to progress in our journey. From cleaning the house to writing that WIP, they help us to tackle projects one thing at a time.

So How Do You Form Good Habits?

You do them consistently for at least thirty days and it will replace the old habit. I’ve been doing the organizing since Jan. Now regarded, I did have surgeries earlier this year that set me back; but I practiced going through my list, getting the major stuff (what was important to me) done and then moving on to the lesser tasks. I moved writing way up on my list. It’s one of the first things I do in the morning, early afternoon, and evening. Practice will make things easier and easier. It may seem impossible at first to accomplish everything but if it’s important to you, you’ll find a way.

If You Stumble, Try Again.

Not everyone gets things done on the first try. It will take perseverance. You have to look at your week, pinpoint what’s the most important to get done and build the list from there. Keep revising it until you get something workable, something that challenges you. Yes, look on it all as a challenge! That’s what will help you pull through when you’d rather kick back and watch TV instead of writing.

Challenges are Fun!

How many people love challenges? It motivates them, gets life pumping! It excites you. And when you’re excited, you’re going to strive to do better and better each day. Don’t make your list impossible to do. Don’t specify two hours a day of writing unless you can do that. Take it in smaller chunks and work towards putting in more time when you’re able. Some people can’t write every day. That’s fine. Schedule what you can. You’ll find the more that you make something a habit, the more often you want to do it. That’ll help you accomplish your goals and in no time, those old habits will be replaced with new ones!

Have a great week, take care, and God bless!

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