Quote: Value

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein

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Getting Back on the Horse

Photo by jkirkhart35

A few weeks ago I completely lost my productivity groove. I had been getting up at 5:30 every morning, doing some reading, writing, yoga, and other things before breakfast. I would have a day set up in my planner, all ready with the tasks I needed to accomplish.

And then it all ground to a halt. I had a really bad spell with allergies, and I stopped doing everything.

It’s been difficult to get back on track. I’m still groggy in the morning, as a result of the disturbed nights of coughing as well as the antihistamines. But it’s something I have to do.

Ironically, one of the books I am reading during that time is about habit building. I had thought that the habit was ingrained – I’ve been doing this for a month and a half. But it took very little to dislodge this routine I had made for myself.

Why did it disrupt? Well, the alarm went off at the same time, so it wasn’t the cue. I was sleeping in the same place at home, so it wasn’t the context. Instead, I think it was that the reward wasn’t enough to overpower the need for more sleep – even at the same time realizing that another 45 minutes in bed wasn’t going to make me feel more rested.

So I’m trying to get back into the saddle. I am giving myself credit, even on mornings like this one where I do an abbreviated version of the routine, just so I can say I did it.


Photo by jkirkhart35