March 11, 2013

Habits, Continued…

Filed under: Uncategorized — mvervinck @ 8:34 pm

As I read the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, I realize how many habits I do have.  Some are good habits, like brushing my teeth, but other habits are not so good, like drinking a Diet Coke each day.  Some habits I have had for a very long time, while other habits are not habits quite yet.  One habit I am working on developing is my writing habit.  This is brand new for me.  I have never made it a point to write each day.  In fact, I have had my blog since 2010 with only one entry in it until I saw the Slice of Life Challenge.  This Slice of Life Writing Challenge started off on a total whim.  I’ve tried to start writing before, everything from diaries when I was younger to gratitude journals more recently, and  I never stuck with it.  This challenge, however, seems to be working.  Today when I got home from teaching and tutoring, I realized I hadn’t written an entry yet.  So, I am sitting here writing away while the TV blares, the kids chat, and the clock ticks away until it is time for me to leave for my evening class.  I actually am enjoying myself!  This challenge has forced me to find the time, or I should say, make the time to do something I really do enjoy doing.  It is becoming more and more of a habit to write each and every day.  

Now, if I could only get my kids into the habit of picking up their stuff and putting it away as I write…life would be great!



  1. I’ve heard that book is quite thought-provoking.

    Like you, I’m trying to develop my writing habit. I used to blog regularly years ago and got out of the habit. It’s tough to start, but easier to maintain, I think.

    Thanks for sharing and here’s to new habits!

    Comment by Chris Kervina (@ckervina) — March 11, 2013 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! It is nice to have an audience to write for. I look forward to reading the comments, and it keeps me motivated to write.

      Comment by mvervinck — March 12, 2013 @ 12:31 am | Reply

  2. I love how you connected your reading to what you’re writing now. I’m glad you’re blogging for yourself, and hope you get the support you need to keep it up!

    Comment by Steph McCabe — March 11, 2013 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  3. Keep up the good habit! I think now that you’ve started, you may just want to continue, at least once a week for the rest of the months. Posting at Two Writing Teachers is a great way to stay involved!

    Comment by Donna — March 11, 2013 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

  4. Sounds verrrrrrrrrry familiar. 🙂

    Comment by Chris H. — March 11, 2013 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  5. I’ve been blogging more for employment opportunity on my professional site, so the SOLC has been a welcome respite from self-promotion. It’s nice to use the writing time to retrospect and examine. And it’s nice to have a supportive audience at the ready. 🙂

    Comment by Christine Margocs (@cmargocs) — March 11, 2013 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

    • I agree. It is nice to have a place to be creative and explore a bit.

      Comment by mvervinck — March 12, 2013 @ 12:29 am | Reply

  6. I can relate well. The challenge is so energizing. I am glad Ruth And Stacey continue it on Tuesday’s for the rest of the year. It helps the community stay connected. I’m glad you decided to join us.

    Comment by Ruth Chandler Ferris — March 12, 2013 @ 12:08 am | Reply

    • Thanks for letting me know about the Tuesdays. I wasn’t aware of that! I am glad I joined, too.

      Comment by mvervinck — March 12, 2013 @ 12:28 am | Reply

  7. So glad you found your way here! There’s not a better way to get into that amazing habit.

    Comment by blkdrama — March 12, 2013 @ 12:34 am | Reply

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