Bad habits are so easy to form and yet so hard to break. Whether it be a whole pack of Thornton’s Caramel Shortbreads most evenings (I have broken this, I haven’t lost much weight as a result and my mouth is watering just typing the words) or too much Twitter. I have fallen into bad habits at the end of each evening and I need to change it.
My evenings tend to follow the same pattern. I intend to go bed early in a relaxed frame of mind, but instead what is more likely is: Feed baby and pop him in his cot, return to bedroom and chat on Twitter or Facebook for a few minutes, this becomes twenty, haul self off bed, get washing loaded for the morning, tidy up, make a cup of tea. After this, I usually intend to do something on-line for a short amount of time, browse, write a blog, plan a run, send an email or two, but invariably time gets eaten up on-line. The writing of blog becomes, writing a blog, taking ages to get the photos right, visiting a couple of blogs and commenting, dropping in and out of twitter. Replying to a couple of emails, becomes replying to lots and then deleting of unwanted ones. By the time I come to watch some TV or a DVD and pick up my crochet it is always much later than I would like. However, I still do watch something and then it finishes too late. Even if I do pick up a book after this, I only manage half a page before my eyes are closing.
It’s not even that I am going to sleep particularly late, maybe 10:30 or 11pm, or that I struggle to fall asleep, but I am sure if I had a more restful wind down period I would feel more refreshed in the morning. Feeling refreshed in the morning is pretty essential in a house with an early rising toddler, but even more so at the moment. With only a month to go before I run a half marathon I have to get out early to get my run in on a weekday and I mean EARLY, 6:30 kind of early.
I’ve had discussions about this with friends before and we all said we would try internet free from 9pm and asleep by 10pm for a week. I think we lasted about two nights, at the most. So, this week I am going to try something similar again. I am going to have all screens off by 9:30 and the internet off before that, which will then give me time to read or write my journal, or *gasp* both and still be lights out at 10pm. I am curious to see if I feel different at the end of the week and if I have in fact still squeezed in some blogging and commenting.
As part of this plan I am thinking much more carefully about whether I want my smart phone within reach. I left it downstairs last night and it felt strange, but easier to stick to my plan without the temptations. Surprisingly I missed it for silly things like checking the next day’s weather or the opening time of the library, as much as for social media.
So, seeing as I am getting close to the time I want to switch off the computer you’ll not be getting any pretty pictures on this post, as if I publish quickly I may get the chance to comment on a couple of blogs.
I’ll let you know how it goes next week.