Saturday, May 24, 2008


Someone has said it so perfectly -

"Its very difficult to get rid of a habit ,
if you remove H , A BIT remains,
if you remove A , BIT remains ,
if you remove B , still IT remains."

Summarizes it to the tee and not to forget that its equally difficult to develop the one's that are not driven by our subconscious mind.

They can be as trivial as that of our own Mr. Captain cool Mahendra singh dhoni's choice of words for starting most of his conversations with " Well off course !" to that of his habit of being sharp and patient during crunch match situations. I have friends who have some strange one's like drinking water every half an hour to the more common one's like not being able to restrain themselves from smoking , talking too much, early to bed and early to rise and the list goes on .

Over so many years i have developed and evolved many, got rid of some nasty ones and unconsciously gained some of them. Good and bad habits are a part and parcel of everyone's life and every once in a while it makes sense to just slow down, do some soul searching and take stock of the ones you would want to have and try to eliminate the useless ones. Even better if you could observe and incorporate the good ones from others.

Nevertheless, the whole idea behind this post is to set my thought process rolling to identify and elaborate on the one's that make me effective, add some value and have taken real perseverance to develop and sustain and eliminate one's that are just a drag. Listing down a few of them.

The good one's :

- A consistent exercise regime and a controlled diet over the past 8 to 9 months and still counting . I am proud to say that i have lost around 10+ kgs of the excess fat that i had been carrying around for a couple of years primarily because of my sedentary IT job and now sans it i feel much fitter and leaner.

Hasn't been an easy journey though, and i always wanted to stay away from the gym(my own sweet reason's :) ) and still manage it. A mix and match of suryanamaskar, walking, jogging and sports has helped me do that along with tweaks in my eating habits.

- Targeted reading based on my interests. Tapping the right resources and being proactive to learn and pick up skills i am interested/inclined. I am not an avid book reader and my primary source of information consumption is internet. This again has been a case since an year i plan to keep it going.

The bad one's :

- Late night's, at times being awake way past midnight till 3 to 4 am in the morning reading/browsing/exploring at times getting drowned in the information explosion thats happening these days(contradictory to the good habit i just mentioned :P ). This has led to a major shift in my body clock and functioning causing sleeplessness during odd hours and fatigue at times coz of less sleep.

The aspirational :

- Effective time management and prioritization. When i talk about it, its beyond my usual office work, related to things i have always wanted to do be it being more involved with my financial management and decisions rather than having it shoved off on to my father or following my hobbies and personal interests/aspirations. Having a good work life balance.

Would love to hear from people about their wish list of habits and experiences !


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