Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Twenty One Days

Now that 2010 has a few days under your feet, let me ask you something… Have you stuck to your New Years Resolutions? If you vowed to lose weight, have you exercised more than once in the last five days? Have you cut back on all those ‘trouble foods’ or have you only stocked your frig with fruits and veggies that are destined to wilt and morph into un-detectable bits of sludge stuck to the drawer of the cold box?

I worked for a leading ‘weight loss clinic’ for five years of my life… many years ago. And one of the things that stuck with me over the years is this: It takes twenty one days to make or break a habit. I’m not saying that after twenty one days of eating healthier foods you’ll never go back to burgers and chips, but, you can certainly put you and your body in motion of doing what will work better for long term goals.

Many of us on this site are writers. Some of your goals for 2010 may be to be more productive in your writing, or maybe spend more time promoting your work. Maybe you want to spend less time on line chatting and more time writing new stuff. Time management for many of us is an ongoing challenge. Dayana Knight has written many a blog on this subject that have been helpful to me.

My challenge to you is this: Whatever your goals are for 2010 are, pick one part of the entire goal to work on at a time. Work on
that one little bit for twenty one days then add on to it. If you want to lose a few pounds, cut out that fast food lunch for twenty one days and add a fruit or veggie snack. Then work on adding more exercise… even fifteen minutes three to four times a week for three weeks will help move you in the right direction. If you want to crank out more manuscripts, start by dedicating time each day putting something on paper. Don’t fire up the internet until you’ve written for thirty minutes. *news flash, your e-mail will wait for you!!!

Old habits die hard! But if you give them a run for their money for twenty one days in a row, you’d be surprised how easy changing a habit can be.

Happy 2010!


  1. Great suggestion, Catherine!

    But, what is it about our email that compels us to want to fire it up first thing in the morning? Is it the connection to the world that we don't get in our normal daily routine? Is it the hope that some amazing news awaits us? Is it just plain habit? Either way, you're right, it can wait. :)

  2. Ugh -- twenty-one days of cardio exercise! But you're right, I need to do it and create a habit. I just hate exercise...

  3. Emma: Funny... I broke my own rule. Here I am online before even one word is written on paper. UGH! Tomorrow! LOL

    Helen: Cliche... just do it! hehehe

  4. Great post! My goal for the new year...(and the last 2 years, btw!) Stop editing old manuscripts, no matter who asks for them (agents or editors!) I need to complete a new manuscript from beginning to end and stop writing partials and setting them aside because another idea comes to mind. It's time to finish what I've started and see a project through to the end!

  5. Great goal, Lilly. Finish what you start! Love it.