For the Next Thirty Days

When I tell people I don’t have a television, I’ll get comments like, “You must get a lot done.” Or I’ll get looks like, What rock do you live under? I’ve been offered at least one television a year for eight years.

I’m not advocating everyone giving up their television. (Having one per house, and not in the bedroom, maybe.) I am encouraging people to look at what they do with their time, and think of what they’d do if they had more time. What have you thought of giving up? (Gossip, swearing, smoking, sugar, fat, negative thinking. . .) What do you want to do? (Yoga, sing, read, water color paint, cook. . .) Don’t have time to cook a healthy, tasty dinner? Get the family involved in the activity. Husbands can shop. Teens can chop onions. Families can talk during dinner (oh, aren’t we glad we gave the television away!)

Here’s a six minute video about trying something new for 30 days. By the way, it takes 27 days for something to become a habit. Once a habit is formed, you’ll miss it if you break the pattern.


There’s been lots of talk lately about habits. There’s agreement that a habit has three parts to it. What cues set us off? Is it walking into work past the smoker crowd that sets off the desire to smoke? What routines do we follow? Do we leave the house with a coffee in our hand if it’s before 8:00 a.m.? What’s the reward we gain? Socializing during a smoke break? Waking up via coffee?

When we’re doing something by habit, we’re on auto pilot. This includes spending money. There’s a new book out, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. Seems that people who go to the gym tend to use their credit cards less. These same people also wash their dishes early in the morning. What these people have done is figure out their habits—and by changing one habit, another one changes. Going to the gym often leads to healthier eating.

Because we’re on auto pilot with habits, the habits are seem harder to stop. We need to consciously make changes.

Here’s a link to the blog by Charles Duhigg, author os The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.