How to Change Your Habits in Incremental Time Periods

Its become apparently obvious over the past six months that we tend to write more articles during the colder winter months whilst we are trapped indoors more than when those beautiful spring days POP UP in mid-April and quickly yield into long gorgeous summer months of June, July and August.

Anyone who clicks on the calendar history or searches the archives will find this statement to be true. Our attention spans are shorter in the summer with those long daylight hours and all the outdoor activities swarming around us; concerts in the park, disc golf leagues and tournaments, road trips to the mountains, bicycling down the 240-kilometres of river valley bike paths, or escaping out into the park in front of our homes to gaze at the floating by cumulonimbus clouds.

And really who can blame us for being selfish when our winter temperatures are -35C (-31F) to -5C (23F). Because after all once those temperatures begin to stretch into the positive values on the other side of zero degrees Celsius (32F), the shorts and t-shirts come out as we begin to see daylight hours growing longer and longer each day. As well as an increase in our daily temperatures to 25C (77F) to 33C (92F).

Again, hence our EXCITEMENT to get outside and enjoy the weather, activities and events around Festival City. (oh yeah, have we ever mentioned that Edmonton hosts 50+ festivals all year long!!)

Here’s the article writing plan for Twenty-Twenty Three;

  • Write one article per week
  • Edit the article each week
  • Upload the article each week

It’s a simple plan but we believe its achievable.

Earlier tonight, we were watching someone on YouTube talk about how-to change habits, why you need to change habits and the patterns of our behaviour. In listening to the presenters, we decided to establish these patterns and jot them down in my monthly planner.

A few days ago, we created a list with check boxes for items accomplished. Until tonight those pages were blank. After we stopped listening to the YouTube presenter, we laid out a new tracking sheet in the journal and jotted down these items.

  • Habit Being Changed
    1. Weight Loss
    2. Write book pages
    3. Read book pages
    4. Jump rope
    5. Yoga
    6. Learning to read Runes
    7. Divination with Tarot
    8. No sugar
    9. No coffee
    10. Invest in EFT’s
    11. Invest in EV Stocks
  • Unit and Increment in Time
    1. pounds 10, 20, 30, 40…
    2. pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…
    3. minutes 5, 10, 20, 25…
    4. minutes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6…
    5. minutes 10, 15, 20, 25…
    6. minutes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6…
    7. minutes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10…
    8. days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…
    9. days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…
    10. weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…
    11. weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

Per the presenter, you chose a habit you would like to add into your daily routine and build up to it by completing this new habit by the simplest increment for that specific task. Such as if you have a difficult time reading actual books rather than listening to podcasts, or being on social media, or watching TV or YouTube, then you choose a new habit to build and do it each day on a low increment of time.

Once you have completed this task for a week, you up it to the next increment.

For example, If I chose item 4 Jump Rope. Today, I jump rope for 1 minute. Because this is an easy thing to accomplish. And I will feel dismal if I complain about doing it for a minute. Then once you are doing it, you will most likely do it longer than the single minute. BUT you have your minimum goal and its EXTREMELY achievable.

Then the day or week after the increment you were achieving, you up it to the next increment. In this case of the jump rope, I would up it the next day to two minutes rather than waiting for a week to go by and up it to another minute. Unless you were really out of shape and a single minute was difficult to achieve.

The point being that if you lower the bar, then you will have a greater chance of success!

Its really that simple, and

We know you’ll BE successful.

at creating a healthy change in your habits!

James Curtis

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