On my drive home yesterday, I pulled into the Hardee’s drive-through to get myself a Diet Coke. While I waited in line – ever so patiently – I debated whether I wanted to flip a U-turn out of the drive-through and drive on home. This is a constant debate I have with myself.
You need the Diet Coke.
No you don’t. You never used to drink soda as often as you do now. Knock this sh*t off.
But it’s a nice treat for you.
You’re not a puppy. You don’t need a treat.
Eventually, I reached the pick-up window and I happily paid $1.26 for my soda and drove on home. While sitting on the couch to enjoy my pop (<— You know I’m adapting to eastern TN when I use the word ‘pop’ instead of ‘soda.’), I thought about how this drive-through detour has become a habit of mine. A habit that I don’t particularly like.
It got me thinking about a few other things that I do that end up driving me crazy.
1. I don’t use my keyholder.
It takes an extra 5 seconds for me to hang it up. Instead, I throw my keys down wherever it is most convenient for me at the time and then spend 15-20 minutes looking for them when it’s time to go.
2. I overuse my over-the-door hook.
I never hang up my clothes in my closet when I get home. I simply place them on the back of the door until it’s too full. Then, when laundry day comes, I’ll grab them off the door and shove them in the bag to be washed.
3. I eat while I cook.
While we’re prepping dinner, I’ll snack on all the ingredients. Not only does this limit the ingredients we need for dinner on occasion, it also spoils my appetite and makes the meal less enjoyable.
4. I’m an app flipper.
Sometimes, I will mindlessly open up my phone and go through each one of my social media apps without intending to do so. It’s just become a habit. And I catch myself doing this time and time again.
5. I leave things on my coffee table and dining table for DAYS. Sometimes even weeks.
When I get home from work, I pile my mail, my notebooks, my planner all onto the table. Whatever is in my arms when I walk in the door gets placed on the table. Eventually, we have to clear it off to eat dinner. So, naturally, I just place all the things on an unused chair.
These habits aren’t entirely self-destructive. Yet, they make life a little less convenient and enjoyable in the long-term. My vision for 2017 was to tune into my body and mind and think about what I need to make myself a little happier. I know what isn’t working. So I need to stop engaging in these bad habits and think of alternatives that’ll bring long-term happiness.
Question of the Day:
- What’s one thing you do that you don’t like?