The old you didn’t have these bad habits.

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This resonated with me, a James Clear note on breaking bad habits. “You don’t need to be someone else, you just need to return to the old you.”

It’s so easy to personalize bad habits as if they are intrinsically part of you. But they aren’t. They’re new to you by some definition of new.

Pay attention to why you procrastinate

If you’re procrastinating and don’t know why, your intuition might be trying to tell you something. People sometimes put off a task because something about it feels incongruous with their ideals, thoughts, or beliefs. Our intuition can be powerful enough to stop us from doing a task, but our monkey minds might not be able to sniff out just why.

From 4 Good Reasons You Might Be Procrastinating in 2022 by Michelle Loucadoux, MBA

I talked to a lot of people in the last year that wanted to eliminate procrastination. If you monitor your self-talk then I would watch out for extremist words like eliminate. That reflects some anxiety (probably shame). No need for that. You can however reduce procrastination and almost everyone would benefit from that.

A goal for minimalism.

Here’s my definition of minimalism that is practical: having no possession that you do not reuse on a regular basis. ~ MartinEdic

From Practicing Negative Consumerism.

A good approach to time blocking.

Time A good option for One take on Create a “Hate Day” or as the German’s say “Kleinscheiss tag” — aka “Little Shit Day”If you’re anything like me, you get annoyed with daily annoyances. Between our own heads and the million and seven ways people can contact us today, it’s amazing we get anything done at all.Take the power back when things come in that throw you off track by creating one day a week (or even month) to quickly filter these tasks into a single pile you can knock out in one extended punch.

From 22 Ways to Simplify Your Life in 2022 by Michael Thompson.

I split a log with one swing for the first time today. That was a rush. My earlier attempts were tepid swings worried about even hitting the wood. I was out chopping wood as part of revised goals around core habits.

I log most of my exercise on Strava so that I can get detailed reports about time, distance, effort. But I also wanted to start a habitual morning routine that was just focused on consistency. Anything goes. So this morning was chopping wood.

For habits, I use because I built it to do exactly what I want in terms of habit building.

The other habits I’m tracking are interstitial journaling, meditation, clean, drink more water, and read.

Originally I designed our habit tracker around a “don’t break the chain” game mechanic. But over the years, I find that’s fragile. When you do break the chain it’s hard to get started again. This year I’m focusing on a “collecting” game mechanic where you collect milestones like 3-day streaks. Hopefully, that works well enough to release into the app.

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