Every day I PLAN to write a blog post and to either write or edit something. In 194 days, I’ve missed 2 or 3 days due to illness/self-care or taking care of Rick so I feel really good about that. But writing and/or editing hasn’t gone that well. I am extremely frustrated by that. I am tired of failing at something that really should be 2nd nature to me. I love to write, it’s just the getting started part that gets in the way. There are a few other things in my life that are also begging for change so I am about to embark on a Donna redux. The 3 main things that I’m looking at changing are writing daily, getting healthier/losing weight, and reducing my spending/debt while saving more. Basically, I want to be in control of these things rather than letting them control me. I tend to eat and spend when I’m bored, upset, or depressed. And, it’s a vicious cycle. I’m bored so I mindlessly eat too much or impulse buy things I don’t really need so I become depressed and I self medicate by eating or spending more and so on and so forth. You’d think that the fact that I know this would be enough to make the needed changes but, it’s not. Logic and emotion are 2 totally separate things and they don’t always play well together. Well, I’m going to work on getting them to cooperate. SARK’s Micromovements will play a part in this whole thing. I’ve been working on that by trying to come up with a way to possibly get all 3 of my issues on 1 Micromovement wheel. I would like to substitute writing for spending and overeating. Get bored – write. Rather than reaching for a bag of chips – grab a pen and notebook instead. But I know that it won’t be that easy which is why I need the Micromovement wheel and ways to get things down to 5 minutes, or less, chunks of activities. The genius behind Micromovements is based on the fact that you do anything for 5 minutes. It gives you a sense of completion and success. If I tell myself that I’m going to write for 2 hours a day but end up only writing for 10 minutes, I feel like a failure and the next day I might think that there’s no reason to even try because I’m already a failure. But if I plan to write for 5 minutes and end up writing for 15 minutes then I am an all-star so I’m more likely to write the next day and the day after that. So I am going to really fine tune my wheel and add rewards for each thing I complete…just not food or a new electronic toy. I’ll let you know how it goes!
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