Make it a habit

Heather says:

My band instructor, yes I was am a geek, once told us that it takes twenty-one days to build a habit.  He wanted us to test this theory by using a quirk passed on from one of his instructors.   He suggested whenever we were in the shower to only to turn to the right for twenty-one days, then on day twenty-two to try turning to the left.  He was right, day twenty-two rolled around and turning to the left felt mildly disorienting.

With this in mind, good habits are not too difficult to establish.  Use your computer’s calendar program to remind you for at least 21 days of a habit you would like to establish.  Whether this is adding some personal time to your day, taking your vitamins, doing a 10 minute pick-up, or remembering to start the dishwasher, you have a powerful tool at your fingertips.  If you don’t have a calendar or reminder program, you can send an email to the future you.

I have better luck inserting habits into either the beginning or the end of my day. The middles are so full of “life” that interruptions feel more like a hassle and less like the building blocks of a routine.

Good luck!  I wonder how many of my band instructor’s proteges are still neurotic about turning to the right while showering.


  1. Heather on June 10, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Quitting smoking is more than breaking one habit, you’ll be building many new habits. I sent you a much more thorough email. Best of luck with your endeavor!

  2. knitaddict on June 10, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Let me first say that I am a band geek too!!!! Band Geeks UNITE!

    Ok, now I’ve gotta let you know that this is a NEAT little nugget here! I’ve never heard this theory, but you know…it makes me feel a little better about quitting smoking. (which, I’m about to do….I SWEAR!) As long as I can go 21 days, I’m in the clear…thanks SO MUCH for posting this…I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m a control freak…and as a Mommy, we ALL know that there is little to NO control if you’ve got a toddler. It’s good to know that I can have a bit of control in an otherwise chaotic phase of my life….THANKS!