The other day I listed a series of small improvements I’d made to the structure of my days, mostly taking place in the mornings. Cumulatively, they give me a strong sense of agency and connectedness.
But what about the habits that haven’t stuck? What was different about them? Why could I only get them to 60% viability or so while the others work at 99%?
I think the reasons for my unsuccess show two typifiers: amount of time something takes, and amount of pleasure it gives.
There are two habits I have been unsuccessful in adding at the frequency I would like:
- climb or hangboard every other day (or, in the absence of either, do a body weight workout)
- post on instagram daily and spend some ten minutes interacting
I think both of these desired habits have gotten associated to some negatives:
Climbing/Hangboarding: negative associations- fear, exhaustion, takes a very long time (it’s not uncommon to spend 4 hours at the rock gym because we love it once we’re there. While climbing outside, by default, takes a bunch of time with travel et al, a weekday bout of activity needs to be briefer to really work for us on all levels.) In sum, I have associated climbing activity with takes more time than I’m really comfortable with, and consequently leaves me exhausted.
Post on Instagram: negative associations- lack of enjoyment, plain and simple. Touching my phone. Not having a sufficient image variety queued up. Thus, I have associated instagram with: does not provide pleasure.
Yet: I like taking pictures (when we are traveling I take many.) I love climbing. It’s just getting these things to fit into a structure has been a challenge.