A few months ago, in an effort to get back into building things, I committed to writing some code everyday. Last month, I chose to build a writing habit. I somehow managed to build both habits into my day, often doing them together in the form of this blog.

Based on these results, I became optimistic about my ability to build habits. In weekly planning, I became intentional about which habits I’m choosing to start, edit or remove. In the last few weeks, I tried to build in more habits into my days and weeks. I’ve attempted to track what I eat and drink, read before I go to sleep, meditate in the mornings, and start a bodyweight workout routine.

I quickly overcommitted, and failed at establishing any one of them consistently.

I wanted to share some observations of my own behaviour:

The theme of overcommitment is common and also applies to discrete tasks (something I observed in tracking to-do completion rates). While I think it’s possible to build in these new behaviours, I need to be much more intentional about how and when it’s done.

I’ll share more progress as I continue to build these habits into my daily and weekly routine.