Leadership, Life, Transformation

Habits #Day 1


Today is my Mom’s birthday; she still watches me from high above. I’m blessed. It is not surprising that I’m inspired to start something new, to make this day special. And test something that I read a lot today.

It is said that any habit takes 66 days to be a part of you. I have read a number of these articles including the elaborate article by James Clear, which is one of the top searches (https://jamesclear.com/new-habit) & research by Phillipa Lally (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0908/09080401).

But is it really true? Therefore I’m going to try one to carry on for next 66 days and really see if this research does make sense. No more preaching, it is action time. And therefore, I come to the most fundamental question, which one to try?

There have been a number of the habits that I have been trying to develop over last few months and have successfully failed. The list is a long one…

  1. Writing journals

  2. Evening meditation

  3. Night audit

  4. Giving up carbohydrates

  5. Weekly session of gym for strength training

  6. Giving up biscuits

  7. Giving up coffee

  8. Eating candy

  9. Saying No

  10. Finishing people’s sentences

  11. Fidgeting

  12. Exaggerating

  13. Drinking from carton

  14. etc. etc.

The list is also a complicated one, which means if one has to test then, it should be an activity that can be done on an everyday basis. This therefore excludes 4, 5 & 13. At the same time, it should be a habit that would benefit me on the long run. Items 1, 2, 3 & 9 fall in that category.

Tough decision to make today.

An old Swedish proverb says, “The pillow is the best advisor.” It is only later that I got the true meaning – if you sleep over a problem, you will get the best advise in the morning. Though I’m inclined to hit the bed today and go as the Swedes say, I have made my decision.

I would be maintaining a night audit records for next 66 days, which will have my positives and negatives for the day. Because I have been in travel industry for a long time and love Hotels (& technology), my natural inclination is for the night audit. For those who don’t know, Night audit is performed is a key hotel operation where the auditor takes the stock of status of the hotel with respect to the guest, how many checked in, how many checked out, how many rooms occupied and how many vacant. It is one of the better ways to check the status quo so that one is prepared for the next days.

My night audit would consist of the good, bad and points that could have been avoided, before sleep. I would follow my night audit for the next 66 days, assuming that on 67th day it would become a part of me. This is assuming that I fall in the bell curve, which may also not be true. I would be using a Evernote to manage these audits in 3 simple headers…

a. I did good

b. I did bad

c. I could have avoided

Because Evernote is available across devices for me, I won’t be looking for a reason. I would have liked to add my spends and earning (monetarily), but have decided to have this a nice to have. First the three simple points, and depending on progress the spends and earning.

The second habit that I will practice for next 66 days is to say “No”. I read somewhere that “No” is a complete sentence; it is big and profound one. “No.” doesn’t need any reason; just like it is for my 8 years old daughter. For Dhriti, “No.” is followed by a full stop. It is uncanny how powerful it is and how these young ones teach you.

So all the best to me, this would be a good journey. And as the cliche goes “Worth the experience!”

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