It’s my 30th Birthday today! And wow what a day it’s been. I decided to get up early to rock the world of productivity today. Recently, I read a really interesting (though certainly not revolutionary) article on breaking habits (here). It described the critical habit conditioning period to be about 60 days and commented on some simple truths like going to the gym daily is better for your self conditioning than going three times a week.
This gave me an idea. I already wake up early three times a week (M,T,F) to hit up the gym before work. What if I kept getting up at the same early hour of 5am on those other two days of the week to complete some chores around the house? It would stabilize my sleeping and rising times and it would give me a defined time to do those things that I hate most (laundry, cleaning, and paperwork) without the distractions of fun roommate activities or guitar practice.
It might sound mundane but if I could fall into that habit it could be a nice little boost to my quality of life. This morning I kicked it off with a two loads of laundry, dishes, a trip to the dry cleaners, trip to the bank, and a birthday mocha from Starbucks – all before work! Awesome! we’ll see if I can keep it up.
Additional goal for age 30: Better mastery of comma usage. I dish out commas like they were bed bath and beyond coupons*. Commas… everywhere. It has to stop.
This afternoon I’m skipping out of work early to do some house cleaning in prep for my grilled pizza birthday party tonight and to hit up the DMV to get my license renewed. Even the heartless soul crushing atmosphere of the DMV could not damper today’s merriment.
Instead of typical birthday wishes in today’s comments, I ask any reader over the age of 30 to share some life wisdom. Or if that requires too much thought, normal birthday wishes are fine too. Happy June 15th Everybody!
*what is up with those coupons? I get about 4 a day.