Current Habits and Habits I'd like to have

I used to set goals, but realized that those are something you do, not something you are, and then when you hit them, you either have to set another goal, or decide you want to maintain or regress in that skill.

But if it's a habit, and if it's part of your identity, you won't have to continually set new goals and eventually fail as you set larger and larger goals.

Current habits:


  • Procrastination
  • Reading the news/watching Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers
  • Reading on Kindle
  • Tracking and forecasting personal financial status
  • Reading nonsense on Reddit
  • Running
  • Writing in blog
  • Meditation before bed



Habits I want to break:


  • Procrastination
    • I find that if I have more time than required for chores, I won't do the chores until I have to, or put the chore off if it isn't urgent. I'd like to switch to getting all important but not urgent chores done first, then going to do other things, like Minecraft or reading.
  • Reading the news/watching Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers 
    • I've stopped doing that earlier this month. I've only felt slightly out of touch, but it's amazing how much time I had devoted to this.
  • Tracking and forecasting personal financial status
    • I've forced myself to stop checking weekly and sometimes daily, and I'm down to once a month, but I find it difficult. I enjoy entering in new data, but am bummed at month end if the data that day isn't wildly different from the week/day previous. I know I like seeing my contributions make a difference, but if I check every time I make a contribution, I'm only seeing a smaller incremental change.
  • Reading nonsense on Reddit
    • Mostly the r/personalfinance and r/financialindependence subreddits. While they were educational a few years ago, they now no longer inspire anything good. Most of the information is either "I'm 30 and have $500,000 and feel so behind because I won't retire until I'm in my late 40s" or "I'm 22 and make $200,000 a year, I hate working and will retire by 25 because I live with my parents/live in a van" not understanding that you'll likely want to change your living situation in your 30s and 40s and beyond.



Habits I want to continue:


  • Reading on Kindle
    • I've been enjoying reading more on Kindle - it is a format that works well for me, and I enjoy being able to bring all my books with me where ever I go.
  • Running
    • I ran (jog/walked) a 5k on Saturday and want to continue through the fall and winter at least once a week since Monday through Thursday will have too few daylight hours after work starting in November, until late March.
  • Writing in blog
    • I'm pleased that I've continued on, although a few days have been rather "Here are words on a page to meet my goal of writing every day." It's not a bad thing, just something I'll have to make sure doesn't become habit.
  • Meditation before bed
    • It has been very helpful to calm down before sleeping. I've not had much trouble falling and staying asleep since starting this routine.


Habits I want to pick up


  • Meal planning
    • I feel like I had a good start on it when I was grocery shopping with coupons, noticing certain deals continuing to come around (Food Lion offers Pork Shoulder at $0.99 per pound about once every other month) but I didn't get a cohesive meal plan around staple meals.
  • Strength training
    • I'm noticing that while cardio has been good, I looked and felt better when I was doing running, walking and Tae Kwon Do, and that it would have been great to add a bit more strength/resistance training along with it.
  • Playing piano
    • While it is a hobby and something I enjoy, it isn't yet a habit. I've tried "Play 3 times a week for a half hour each at least" which lasted about a month and "Play everyday I'm next to a piano for at least 15 minutes" which lasted longer, but still faltered. Trying to figure out what I need to crave that habit.
  • Writing songs
    • Goes along with the piano playing
  • Yoga/PT exercises
    • Goes along with strength training. I know my shoulders and hips and knees feel better when I do my physical therapy exercises, and that yoga will help balance which is lacking.


I was surprised and excited when I read older posts from ten years ago that I actually hadn't changed my values much, and hopefully in ten years I'll have cemented a few of these habits of mine into parts of my own identity.

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