Heat’s On

What compounds the sluggishness of our evolutionary crawl is that when we actually do have the time, are in a better mood, have more of a sense of control, we don’t feel enough pressure to compel us to do what we know we should be doing to prevent the nasty situations from showing up again. When the heat’s on, we tell ourselves we’ll get organized — later. We’ll be nicer to ourselves and other people — later. We’ll be more strategic and proactive — later. … Later comes, and the heat’s off. “If I had more money, then I’d really be a lot more creative.” Really? “If I just had more time, I’d really . . . (fill in the blank).” Are you sure? If we had more time and money, we’d likely feel even less like doing what we think we should feel like doing. Under stress, we’ll default to habits and not do what we need to do. When things relax, we won’t feel the need to go to work to change the habits — as sure as gravity.

“Ready for Anything” by David Allen

I hate being on a diet. But at the same time, it’s one of the things I’m most looking forward to being able to do next week after moving.

A lot of my goals and otherwise patterns have been greatly side-tracked since living at home. I’ve been very creative with all the excuses.

I can’t eat my meal prep because my mom stresses out when she sees me only eating my meal prep and not eating her food.

I can’t go to the gym because it takes me 30 minutes to get there and back, and all the other little things in preparing for that, it takes me away from work for too long of a break.

I can’t go for a run because of the snow and the gym is too busy.

I can’t get out of bed when I wake up in the middle of the night because I’d wake up other people in the house.

One of the key things in habit formation/behaviour change that I see frequently is the idea of ensuring your environment is conducive to the change you want to see.

I mean, ideally, I’d like to be able to simply not make excuses for myself. But I mean, barring that, moving and eliminating most of those excuses will be a good alternative.

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