Vacation Habits

I recently went on vacation. It was lovely. Vacation is one of those things that everyone should do in moderation. I say in moderation because if you were on vacation for a large amount of time, you would go crazy. I think we all need to get away, every now and then. That said, I noticed when I left I created new habits for myself. My bathroom routine changed, my sleep pattern changed, the way I ate changed, and how I completed other small tasks were affected.

Charles Duhigg is a New York Times business section writer and he recently put out a book in March of this year talking about this exact thing. His book is called, The Power of Habit and details how habits are formed. It delves into the control habits can cause on one’s life and what the effects could yield. However, it also talks about how new habits are created while people take a vacation.

I am sure all of us can think of habits we would like to break. Personally, I need to stop eating sweets after 10pm, and by sweets I mean the strawberry shortcake I had last night at 11:35pm. It can go deeper than just that, in fact habits can be present everywhere in our lives. Habits are essentially shortcuts our brains make for us, according to Duhigg.

Vacation was a great way for me to create new habits for myself. I ate healthier, I woke up earlier and more refreshed, I took less time to get ready in the morning, and the list goes on and on.

So remember when you just thought about those habits you have that you would like to change? Well list them out, right now. Put them in your sticky notes on your computer, smartphone, or if you are like me you have sticky notes on your wall in front of your desk. Make a list.

Use the rest of this week to notice your habits, and then if they aren’t useful make an effort to change them.

Create a staycation for yourself, where you can take in the sights and sounds of surrounding around the parameters of your work. Create new ways to do the most minor things. Find a new way to get to work, a new restaurant to eat lunch, anything!  Then try using the rest of your week to create new and different ways to respond to even the smallest tasks. Try shampooing and conditioning before you soap up or visa versa. Nothing is too small or meaningless to try differently.

If you do this, I think you will notice yourself more refreshed and excited for the day. It is fun to trick ourselves into pretty much the same routine, but with different approaches and shortcuts. It will create for you a freshness, that might have disappeared.

Vacations are great for so many reasons, but until you are headed out on your summer getaway, try this easy trick and see how it works for you!

Post authored by Trevor Worden

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