In a recent move, I noticed that two longstanding habits were being performed intermittently, and I was curious what was wrong. These habits related to exercise, were well established, and I was having trouble understanding why they weren’t getting done.
When I noticed what was happening, I realized that in moving, the habits’ normal time of performance was interrupted by the change in time zone, and a new pattern of sleeping and staying up somewhat later. As a result the habits lost their time crease, that time slot when they can be done routinely without interruption from other activities or habits. Earlier in designing the habits, the habits had been inserted into time slots or creases where they could be reliably performed, but in moving, those creases were interrupted.
Once understanding the problem, it was a pretty straightforward matter to examine where new creases existed and insert the habits there; this reflection follow by action restored the habits to regular routine performance.
Designing and establishing habits is a multifaceted business, but my recent move reminded me how important finding a viable time crease can be to a habit’s establishment and regular performance.