a week or two back i read an interesting article about breaking the habit web. i had never heard of the habit web but the message i got was this:
our behaviour patterns are like a web where each habit supports the others. if we can break a habit or two it can help us to change not just those habits but ingrained behaviour patterns and lifestyles
(from what i understand smoking is a prime example, where smokers have specific smoking triggers and reducing exposure to triggers where possible can help the quitting process)
the article i read was suggesting that maybe we should take a week or two to consider our habits and try changing them. it used the example of a young woman who swapped a daily bath for a shower, got up an hour earlier some mornings and swapped coffee for a variety of hot and cold drinks.
this woman had not had any particular goal when she started her new regimen but after a month of paying close attention to her habits she had made some significant changes to her life. changing her small habits had allowed her to change her life when she hadn't even been aware she wanted to change.
probably the biggest single change was that a tv free week had allowed her to consider other uses for her time and once she had experienced that week she never went back, reaping the benefits of a better social life, reading and exercising.
unfortunately i have not the foggiest idea where i read this story and a quick google search didn't reveal anything much so i can't give you any references, just tell you that i have started thinking about my habits
i wonder what i could change?
i wonder what i should change?
i wonder what might happen next?