York skyline including Minster

Humans are creatures of habit. And yet it sometimes seems very difficult to build a new habit into our lives, even when we know that it’s a good thing to do or the results will be beneficial. Maybe it’s a medicine that needs to be taken at a specific time of day, a morning exercise routine that we know will ease our aching back and bring long-term relief, or a regular phone call or email to a distant relation that only takes us a few minutes and brings them genuine pleasure.

None of these things are exactly difficult or onerous, but until the habit is formed, it’s very, very easy to forget.

I think they say it takes around three weeks of conscious effort to establish a simple habit, but that it takes longer for it to be truly ingrained.

I’ve been writing this blog for over ten years and for several years now I’ve been focusing on posting two updates each weekend; you might think, then, that the habit was reasonably well entrenched. But the last couple of weeks have been a bit chaotic and I entirely failed to write anything last Saturday or the Saturday before.

I started this post by saying it was hard to form a new habit, but it seems that’s not always the case: how easy it would be to adopt this new habit of not writing at all on Saturday!

Birmingham museum

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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