Saturday, August 11, 2007

Smart Habit Saturday

You know, I'm just going to start over again on this whole thing. I'll do a quick re-cap on things I have started, but then I'm wiping the slate clean and getting a fresh start. I feel like such a loser that I can't seem to buckle down and do the things I know I should. Ugh!

So, my one of my previous habit goals were walking 30 minutes a day. As mentioned before, I was either walking or swimming most days. I've kind of gotten out of the habit of that, but hopefully things are getting into more of a normal rhythm around her so I'll start again.

Another goal was taking vitamins each day. I started off really strong on this one, but have, surprisingly (ha!), gotten out of the habit.

Ok, now that my sins are confessed, and hopefully forgiven, I'm moving on.

My habits for this week are:
  • To resume getting 30 minutes of some form of exercise at least 5 days a week.
  • To do a devotional before going online in the morning. My blogging addiction is getting out of control and I need to put some checks and balances in place. My first addiction should be to God. I'm being quite convicted that I have so much time to spend on this blog and reading so many other wonderful ones, but yet I don't make the time to spend with the Lord on a consistent basis. Or do all that I need to do in the house.

Those are the goals for this week. Sorry this wasn't more motivational or inspirational, but I'm kind of down on my goal-setting ability this week. Actually, I'm really good at goal-setting. It's the goal-reaching that seems to be a problem for me! LOL!

If you, like me, are looking for a way to get your life into order, be sure to stop by The Lazy Organizer and check out more entries (hopefully more uplifting than this one here today! LOL!) on Smart Habit Saturday. But try to check back next Saturday. I promise I'll try to be more upbeat!


ValleyGirl said...

I feel your pain. I pretty much always feel like I'm the most pathetic and unmotivated list-maker on the planet. And my computer is definitely a problem for me, too. I've promised numerous times that it will only come on once my to-do list for the day has been completed, but then I come to check on a recipe on Recipezaar or add a receipt to my bookkeeping and suddenly, I'm leaving a comment on someone's blog... My devotions are a daily thing, but it's a fairly empty ritual at this point. I feel guilty turning the computer on before I've read my Bible and devo book, but as soon as that's over with, I'm circulating through the blogosphere and emailing. I'm actually quite ashamed of my computer addiction, especially when people think the reason I'm not getting things done around the house is because I'm playing with my kids, but so far haven't done much in the line of breaking that BAD habit and forming a GOOD one. I think you and I might be able to be an encouragement to each other.

Rebecca said...

You are not a loser. I'm also great at making a list & thinking of all these things I should do and that's about where it ends a lot of times. But change is possible. Recognizing where you struggle is the first step to overcoming it. Doing a devotional before getting on the computer is a great idea. I'm totally a slacker when it comes to that and you have motivated me to make some changes in that area. Good luck this week!

Christine Rockwell said...

Don't be too hard on yourself now, admitting you have a problem is the first step ;-) We all have weeks where we get few to NONE of our goals accomplished. Then you pick up and do better the next week or a week later, but eventually YOU WILL! Sometimes the only way I get something done is so I can check off my 'Joe's Goals' check list! Sometimes I have a bad week(s) and then I go on to have GREAT ones! And you will too! Just believe it and go have a great, and SMART, week!

penguinsandladybugs said...

I had to do a very similar thing a couple weeks ago! I "revamped" my goals. And really had similar goals that I was working on (2 at once), just like you--one was walking more (26 miles a month) and one was my quiet times in the morning! It is a good idea to push restart once in awhile and get your priorities down!!

Thea said...

I'm starting fresh this week, too! Don't beat yourself up, it'll happen! Just remember that we are all works in progress.

Good luck this week!

Mama Pajama said...

I'm feeling your blogging obsession. I've only been around for less than two months...but I already feel the computer pulling me in! I'm enjoying the interaction with other adults for a change!

Amanda said...

i need to add excersicing, I really need to start this

toddler said...

It seems like this blogging, whilst great is so easy to get out of control.........I should know I am that way. I always feel I don't have enough time but yet I spend hours at the computer. Good luck this week, don't beat yourself up, we all have good and bad weeks, dust yourself down and start again........

Robin@MyPursuitOf... said...

I started turning off my computer at night. I can't run in and check things as easily if I have to start it up. It's been helping me.

Have a great week!

Laane said...

Each day is new, so each day you can start anew.

Lizzie said...

I came up with a way to limit the time online. I posted a jpg sign on my desktop, which literally reads 'Hours Of Operation', then gives details: Personal emails, blogging, websites etc are slotted into what I call Mum's Down Time (as in, put down your tools and relax, not 'I'm depressed and need to self-medicate with blogs', LOL) between 8:30 and 10:30 in the evenings, after the kids are in bed. If I've stuck to my routines, then the prep for the next day has already been done by then and I can relax with no guilt, either in front of the TV (though that's getting less and less addicting with each passing day) or the net.

In addition to this, I have a 1.5hr window set aside each weekday afternoon for study (I'm finishing up a four year course this semester). The computer ONLY goes on during this time if I specifically need to type something up, and the Internet is avoided unless its for research purposes. THIS IS EXTREMELY HARD, LOL.

My natural inclination is to turn on the computer with my morning cup of tea, and leave it on (it goes to standby) throughout the day. The problem with this is that it is waaaaay too easy to be passing the desk and sit down (with a fresh cup of tea) to 'check emails for five mins'. So even though I absolutely 100% intend to stick to these limits above, I nearly always fail. But there's hope! LOL.

I do most of my work on my laptop. The PC sort of 'belongs' to DH (family computer, but you get the idea), but my Favourites are all on the laptop - all my bloggityville links etc. There are a couple of ways I can minimise my time online. The first is to disconnect the cord to the laptop and put it somewhere else in the house, leaving what's in the battery (around 1.5hrs-2hrs). 1.5hrs in the middle of what should be a busy day is still too much though. Another way is to completely pack the laptop away in its carry bag, with the cords elsewhere, so that in the 10mins it takes me to find everything and load up, I can talk myself out of a 'quick' email check, LOL.

I'm a work in progress on the computer time thing too :)

Last thing (long post, I know, sorry!)...I'm not a Bloglines et al kind of girl, so all my 'regular' blogs are just in folders within my Favourites list. I've just gone through them today and separated the fifty or so into three groups - 'top ten' (Monday), Wednesday and Friday. Each group has roughly the same amount. I keep finding cool new blogs and I've set myself a limit of fifty no matter what. One new one comes in, an old one goes out. But on each of those three days, I may only have 16 or so to flick through (most take only 2 or 3 mins). I get my hit, but it doesn't take me three hours to get through them all.

I know, give up some blogs....LOL......



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