|10-06-2011, 04:58 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Help, a question about habits, changing and maintaing them
So I have comepleted a 30 day habit trial and needless to say will keep doing the habit. So now I want to ride the crest of my success wave and ake up a new 30 day habit trial.
My question is how do people maintain the new habit wile trying to keep up a new habit.
So as an example lets say my first habit was to spend 30 day practicisng the guitar everydayfor 1-2 hours. So I complete that and move on to my new habit. This time I want to learn how to use Photoshop.. Over the next 30 days I would not want to dump the guitar , but how do you maintain the regular guitar practice and keep up the learng of the new habit (photoshop)
and then once you have got the Photoshop 30 day habit trial done and you have your guitar habit you now look for ANOTHER HABIT.
I feel eventualy I'd run out of time to keep introducing new habits while maintaining and upskilling the previous habits already learnt. Such as how would you ultimtely become better at guitar and photoshop as you are forever adding a new habit to your finite time.
Any advice or tips for dealing with this ??
|10-06-2011, 05:23 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
For example, if you have already learned how to use Photoshop quite well after the first 30 days or 60 days, there may not be any useful purpose for you to carry on with it for yet another 30 days.
|10-06-2011, 04:31 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Toronto, Canada
Do what you feel inspired to do. As mentioned before, there will be some habits that will no longer serve you and then you can explore something that will. There will be some things that won't need to be done daily(unless you thoroughly enjoy doing it) and there will be some things that only need your attention until you get to a desired level.
|10-06-2011, 05:46 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Mississauga, On Canada
I can relate to both guitar and Photoshop since I do both. In my case, I like to play guitar during TV commercials and I also set time aside on weekends for longer play sessions. For Photoshop, I really learned what I needed to learn within a few days. I'm sure there's a lot more to be learned but I only needed to learn enough to do what I need to do with images. After the learning process was over, I only have to fire up Photoshop whenever I need it.
Now, if you are in a more advanced mode where you want to learn as much about the program as you can, you simply block off time for it. And if you run out of hours for new habits, maybe it's time to dump any things that you do with your time that are considered 'bad habits'.
Not all habits require the same about of time per day. You can certainly take on more than one new habit at a time.
Just to give you another example from my own experience. Despite being a very consistent in my fitness, I hate doing ab work. I would previously often miss my ab work during my workouts.
So a new habit for me was to get in my ab work a few times per week. What worked for me was to do them outside of my regular workouts. I now do them after my morning work in front of the computer and before lunch.
This new habit takes me -- five minutes? Now I'm able to get in this new habit on a regular basis. But it didn't take me much of my time.
So you have to evaluate your new habits with time requirement. I think there is enough time in the day to take on some good ones, especially if you dump the useless habits that previously used up your precious time.
|10-06-2011, 09:29 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2010
so continuing with the Photoshop and guitar as our theme. I'm interested in the above post where you mention block off time for it. So would you recommend hammering away at Photoshop or Guitar (just for the example) until you were at the base level you wanted to be at AND THEN introduce the one you hadn't been doing . Or what level would you take one to before introducing the other ? Especially if you wanted to take both to an above average level
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