Changing Habits: Another Challenge

Last week, I challenged myself to stop bringing my electronics to bed with me. I’m glad to say that so far, I’ve been successful. While I have noticed that I’m staying up a little later because I feel compelled to finish one last thing, I do think that I’m actually doing something semi-productive on the computer when I’m not in my bedroom versus reading gossip blogs. That said, I am really behind on celebrity gossip.

Changing Habits

Since this little experiment has been successful, I’ve decided to add a new habit this week—flossing. Since I’ve started this little blog and been juggling freelance clients, I’ve had to cut corners somewhere, and those corners are primarily cut in the category of self-care. Specifically, at the end of the day, I just cannot fathom taking three extra minutes to floss my teeth (much less wash my face). It sounds dumb when I write it down, but it’s the truth.

This wasn’t always the case. I’ve never been the best flosser, but it was part of my routine, and I would manage to do it about five days out of the week. I’d say I’ve been out of the habit for about three months, but when I had my dentist appointment a few weeks ago, the hygienist referred to me as a “non-flosser.”

Frankly, I felt ashamed. In addition to the fact that this is just basic self-care, my family’s dental history is not fantastic, and my teeth could really benefit from being vigilant in this area. So for the rest of the month, I’m going to adding “floss before bed” to my to-do list, and hopefully this, like the electronics in bed ban, will stick.

 

Breaking the Constant Connection Habit

Maybe this is a bit counter-intuitive during a month when I’ve committed to writing a blog post every day, but now seems as good a time as any make a much needed change.

Why wait until January 1?

Since I started to get serious about this whole changing my career thing, I’ve taken on extra work in addition to writing this blog in addition to continuing to work full time. In the midst of this chaos, I’ve picked up some bad habits… like being on my computer near-constantly, up to and including the moment I pass out for the night.

Yep, I bring my laptop to bed with me. And while I’d like to pretend that I’m being “productive” at 11 p.m., I’m usually just reading celebrity gossip, or worse, blind gossip. To be fair, sometimes I’m just reading through every last comment in the latest Nashville recap, which I’m pretty sure is better.

But maybe not.

This has actually been a problem for a long time, but it’s getting worse. And we all know there’s tons of research showing that devices like our phones, tablets, and computers screw with hormone levels and disrupt sleep patterns.

So starting today, I am going to go the rest of November without taking my computer (or my phone or my iPad) to bed with me. Sounds like my computer is getting the raw end of this deal.

I feel compelled to end this post with, “That’s what she said.”