Thursday reflections on Rule #4: Three times a week is a habit

This week the Tranquility by Tuesday Challenge has been focusing on Rule #4: Three times a week is a habit. Things don’t have to happen daily, or at the same time every day, in order to count in our lives. Think 168 hours, not 24!

If you’ve been following along, here are some questions to help you reflect on your experience with this rule:

  • What activity did you choose to focus on three times this week?
  • Did you spend more time on your chosen activity this week than in previous weeks?
  • What was the impact of aiming to do this activity three times per week?
  • What challenges affected your ability to do this activity three times this week? How did you deal with these challenges?
  • Did you modify the rule in some way to work for you? Are you likely to continue following this rule?

We also need to revisit the previous rules!

  • Have you been observing a bedtime this week?
  • Did you plan your week on Friday?
  • Did you move by 3 p.m. most days this week?

Since the kids are off school tomorrow, I may move my Friday planning to today…

4 thoughts on “Thursday reflections on Rule #4: Three times a week is a habit

  1. I feel pretty comfortable with the state of my reading/exercise habits, but I aimed for 3 social events this week, which is my extroverted minimum.
    I’d like 3x weekly couple hangouts that aren’t about kid logisitics, etc. Which I’ll aim for going forward. I travel 3-4 days a week, so it’s basically daily.

  2. I love this one! Three times a week feels attainable – and I love how once you give yourself permission to see 3/week as a habit, then you have so many possibilities for your identity: I’m a runner, a pianist (ok – I have to work on that one!), an attentive friend, etc.
    As a retired person – this also sets me up to try new things in an organized way. I can try various things out 3 times a week for a few weeks and see if they “click”. It’s a substantive engagement (ie not just trying something once) with a realistic commitment (permission to stop after a few weeks if it’s not working).
    And this one is so well integrated with the Plan on Friday – which I continue to struggle with. I WANT to plan on Friday afternoon – but then on Friday afternoons I forget or resist! But focusing on this 3 times a week pattern helps: scheduling my three times for the things I want to try is fun – so that makes planning more appealing.

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