In what accidentally became a tradition, I will again set a goal for this week.
Learning a lesson, for once, I will work on just one thing: I will not snooze my alarms this week. It is, sadly, something I thought I’d already1 fixed. Most of the
conventional internet wisdom on forming habits is that it takes only 21 days to form a habit. This is largely because the studies out there appear to bear this out, but this timeframe really only applies to easy habits. In reality, the time required to cement a new habit varies wildly based on the complexity of the task, degree of difficulty, internal motivation, etc.
For my part, I now consider a habit truly formed when it has been in place for 18 months.2 Which is an elaborate way of saying I can’t think of a new habit I’ve ever permanently set.
Back to not snoozing my alarm. I thought I had this one beat, but in hindsight, I was winning during an easier time. A time when I was temporarily living apart from my family, between sets of military orders. When things returned to normal, I went back to the habit of a lifetime by snoozing my alarm nearly every day.
Now, however, the goal is one simple thing for one single week. I can do that. I will never be perfect, but I will be a little better.