TL;DR version: Here’s a picture of Snorlax and some lifehacks.
- Floss while showering
- Drink fruit shakes if you don’t get enough fruits
- Staying active should be fun – if it’s not, go find something else
- Carry a notepad and pen wherever you go
Wanting to do something is different from actually doing something. I’ve often wanted to do a lot of different things. However, if you’re like me, just “wanting” something is rarely enough. The “want” has to be so great that it is enough to change your lifestyle. If it isn’t, you may end up committing for a few weeks or so, but you’ll inevitably fall off. The key to getting something that you want is often to be pragmatic about it.
First, be honest with yourself and recognize what your current lifestyle is. Second, identify regular things you can do to take you towards your goal. Third, integrate those regular things into your lifestyle as opposed to drastically warping your schedule to accommodate some new thing you have to do. Don’t be afraid of trial and error. If one thing doesn’t work out, don’t give up. With most things that are worth doing, there are typically many different paths you can take. Find another path that fits your lifestyle better.
Here are a few things that I’ve done that have been successful for me thus far.
I tend to brush my teeth daily, but I would rarely floss. I tried doing it for awhile, but it turned out that every time I brushed my teeth, I was either in a rush (because it was the morning) or extremely tired (because it was at night). Ultimately, I kept up the flossing for maybe a month or so flossing 3-4 times a week, but then I stopped. After I realized that I wasn’t flossing regularly anymore, I installed a mirror and floss in the bathtub. Nowadays, I floss every time I take a shower.
My nutrition, in general, is pretty random and horrible. This is definitely an area that needs improvement for me. It’s been difficult to completely change my diet mostly because I don’t have the time. One area where I was particularly weak was that I didn’t eat enough fruits. I tried buying fruits and that would work for awhile, but then I’d get sick of the same banana or orange every day. I’m not big on apples or more messy fruits since I tend to eat on the go. What’s been working for me recently is buying those fruit shakes. I feel like I reach my fruit quota by killing about 3 or so a week. I buy one at a time so I’m never stuck with a flavor that I’m sick of.
Since I started working as a programmer, keeping active has always been a struggle. There’s never enough time. I’ve tried to force myself to get off my ass to do stuff, but I’ve never seen more than a short term gain and it’s always been painful. In order to keep active, I’ve found that you have to enjoy whatever it is that you’re doing (probably an obvious point for many, but it took me awhile). I started rock climbing 2 years ago and I’m still loving it. On average, I’ve been climbing around twice a week, every week.
I’ve often had side projects and such that I’ve started and had slowly die over time. While I don’t think I’ve completely solved this problem, one thing that has really helped me to keep projects and ideas fresh has been keeping a notepad and pen with me at all times. Even when I’m not working on the project explicitly, I might be thinking about it and having a place to write ideas down is super convenient. I recommend a pocket notepad. Mine has grid paper and it’s pretty awesome.