What We Need Is… A Habit Habitat!
Yeah. I planned to edit and illustrate that centering exercise that I promised you. But first thing in the morning, I started playing on Twitter.
(You know Charlie, right? Ok, good. Because he’s seriously helpful with productivity. And with flourishing.) First, Charlie sent a Tweet about his oldie-but-goodie 10/15 blog post (It’s good. Go read it. I’ll wait for you. Ok, back? Good).
Next, I whined about my lack of accountability habits, and it ended with him mentioning a habit-building aid he’s apparently been secretly creating.
I was still trying to figure out a witty reply to impress him with (yes, I’m a suckup like that) when the term “Habit Habitat” popped into my head.
It floored me. I mean, isn’t that just the most AWESOME thing?
I want to say it again, with extra flourishing, just to savor its taste on my tongue.
A Habit Habitat!
It’s a habitat. For habits. See?
Why? Isn’t it obvious?
Because new habits need space to get established, so that the rest of our existing stuff doesn’t crowd them out.
Because habits need exercise to grow and stay strong.
Because habits need to be fed and watered with repeated action, and attention, and maybe offered a cookie on a carrot stick. (My habits don’t like carrots. If your habits are fine with orange veggies as treats, just go with that, and skip the cookies.)
Habits need room to breathe, to adjust themselves in private. They need new rooms to explore, to test themselves in new and stimulating environments. They need comfy, sleepy places to curl up and dig into while supporting neural networks build themselves in your brain.
And habits need the excess hair on their furry little feet shaved so they don’t catch fire on the way to Mordor. Oh. Wait. That’s Hobbits. Sorry. Wrong metaphor. (Though I’d really to make a habit of boulder pushing and ring delivering, the way Naomi describes. It’s in the post I just linked to. Totally worth a read. )
But back to our habitat.
I’m not sure how I’ll build it, yet. Or even what sorts of materials I’ll build it from.
What I do know?
It must be amusing.
And habit forming.
Did I mention amusing?
A clever journal, perhaps n the form of a moleskine or a 3 ring binder, with worksheets and coloring pages? Maybe a fold out poster kit, with pockets and habit building cards. Or maybe a software app like Joe’s Goals?
I do love the convenience of software trackers, but hand writing engages the brain so much more effectively. Decisions, decisions…
Ah well. We’ve got time to design this thing, right?
Oh, and here…
Click on the image below if you want to see the full wacky drawing thing.
Any thoughts or ideas on what a habit habitat looks like?
The floor is open! And by floor, I mean comments.
So please do… comment, I mean.
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