My Daily Observation: 1/4/18

My Daily Observation: 1/4/18


I am rereading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg for the sixth or seventh time; honestly I’ve lost count at this point.  If you have not read it I highly recommend as I believe it is the most important book ever written that puts habits in layman’s terms.  Most books on habit come across more psychological and medical that I simply cannot keep up.  Duhigg is not a psychologist, nor a doctor, but quite the contrary; he was a writer for the New York Times.  At any rate I recommend you read, but that’s not the point of this post.

My point is that I notice every year when the calendar switches from old year to new year, it takes me almost 2 weeks so stop writing the old year when signing dates and to go into auto mode in writing the new year.  It’s not as if I don’t know it’s 2018 versus 2017.   If anyone on the street stopped me and asked the year I would easily and quickly respond, “Oh, it’s 2018, why do you ask?”

My observation is how powerful habits are in our life.  Although I have the knowledge of the year being 2018, the power of my writing and typing habits is more powerful than said knowledge of knowing the year.  This happens to people when we move from an address we’ve lived at for many years.  It happens when we change zip codes.  I once answered the phone incorrectly at a job and identified myself as an employee of my former employer while standing in the building of my new employer.  Have you ever driven home, but for the life of you you cannot recall how in the world you got home?

The Power of Habit.


23 thoughts on “My Daily Observation: 1/4/18

  1. Yesterday I woke up in a foul mood. Pain, etc. i decided no photographs. No mindfulness. Just crap on all of that. Well a hawk flew past my window. Then I noticed other things. Before I knew it I was outside taking pictures. I have made mindfulness such a habit that even if I try to boycott it, the habit wins!

  2. Yes at times I find myself turning into my subdivision and thinking wow, I don’t even remember the drive. I think our habits are so mindless it keeps us from really appreciating life. I’ve tried to make a point to start paying more attention and be in the moment or else I’m afraid life will pass me by.

    1. Habits have so much more impact on us than we realize. Most scientists believe the mind forms habits to keep us from overheating. Meaning we cannot maintain a long life if our mind is having to concentrate on every single little task all day long.

  3. Hahaha! Shit happens. I don’t drive and I would always know how I got home. Though I recall when we moved house once when I was younger. Told the cabbie the address to my old home and didn’t even realise it until later when I should have told him to go to our new place. 🤣

  4. I still send out about 30 Christmas cards to friends around the globe that I do not see regularly. For about half of them this year I wrote :”all the best for 2017″ until my husband pointed out ” we are in 2017 now. you need to wish them well for 2018″. Awkward!

  5. Habits are strong reminders to us, that we need to be conscious to remember, what we are doing. It takes about 3 weeks to go into a new habit, before the brain has learned this and do remember too.

      1. Very good question, Danny.
        I haven’t been very productive since my hospitalization at all. I think, this will change now, because I have looked for signs for my future, if I should stop creating jewelry or not. I have had challenges to find the needed inspiration. In the last week, I sold jewelry almost every day, which tells me to go on and create again. I hope to find the inspiration. This has been my most productive habit for years, beside walking long walks with my dog, which I also hope to be able to do again.
        What is your most productive habit?

  6. Habits can be so intertwined in our daily lives, we don’t even realize it. I think that’s why it’s good to take a step back once in awhile to reevaluate how we live. Sometimes it’s good to change it up a bit, and make new (more positive) habits! Happy New Year, Danny!

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