I have been feeling like I am in a bit of a lull right now. Partly it is that the baby is not sleeping well. He has been going to bed late, waking up early, and he is coming off a streak of waking up in the middle of the night nightly. This combination means I am not operating at peak energy status. Also, I am figuring out what my next big project will be. But as I do, I am using the extra time to start a few new habits.
Write 1000 words a day. I am revising my NaNoWriMo novel, Juliet’s School for the Domestic Arts. I am having a lot of fun doing free writing as I figure out who the characters are, and each of their back stories. I set a target of writing 1000 words a day of these explanations and side scenes. It is very doable, but more importantly, it feels like I have been doing something. Some days I double up if I am feeling inspired. In 6 weeks of this (30,000 words), I should have enough to go in an do a full re-write of the current 55,000 word manuscript.
Do plank poses. I run most days but I have never been as good about strength training as I could be. I’ve realized I will probably not go to the gym to lift weights, but I can do a 60-second plank pose daily to build abdominal strength (I suspect carrying around a toddler who weighs 26 lbs does wonders for my arms already).
Read with the kids. I read one book to/with kids per day. I might do more (I do have four kids), but that is the minimum. Lately the 6-year-old and I have been trading off reading stories together, each doing a page or so. I am probably going to start a posted-on-the-kitchen-wall reading log for the three older children, hoping that will nudge them to spend a bit more time reading and a bit less time playing games on their Kindles.
What habits are you adopting this summer?
In other news: Speaking of habits, I’ll be writing an article next week on people who’ve managed to kick the snooze button habit. If you have given your snooze button the heave-ho, or have at least cut down your snooze time, I would love to interview you about what worked. As always, you can email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
Photo: I love the rump-in-the-air sleeping pose. Now if only he would adopt that pose from 7:30 P.M. to 6:30 A.M…