The Next Year, One Habit At A Time

Last year was both unforgettable, and one many want desperately to forget.

Amid the tragedy, there was much to be appreciated, perhaps more than ever, and my family spent more time together than every before.

On the photography front, it was fairly quiet for me, especially the last quarter, when I shot fewer photographs than in years.

But as we talked about recently, sometimes it’s not about the numbers, how big, how many, or how far.

My plans for the next year are embedded in the same fundamental habits that have got me through this one.

My daily morning exercise routine that includes yoga, gratitudes and 150 press ups.

Writing for 35hunter and publishing every three days.

Walking regularly, something that’s long been important in my life, but an an absolute pillar in the last nine months or so, for exercise, fresh air, and family time.

Regular reading – both online, via Feedly for my small collection of followed blogs and sites, and offline, continuing the novels (mostly Star Wars!) I built a regular reading habit around in the last six months or so.

Eating well, being careful with my sugar intake especially.

I know from experience that even when all around feels chaotic, it’s simple habits like these that provide the anchors for my internal stability.

What does the next year hold for you, and what are your plans – photography and otherwise? What habits are fundamental to your life?

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7 thoughts on “The Next Year, One Habit At A Time”

      1. You see people super-focused on one sport and become very good at it, and all credit to them. But yes I would rather have a little more variety myself, in most areas of life.

  1. I think I should probably talk about the objectives I have achieved at the end of the year, rather than the ones I planned 🙂 I always plan a lot and accomplish less than I want to…

    1. There’s that saying, people generally greatly over-estimate what they can achieve in one year and greatly under-estimate what they can achieve in ten years. Trouble is most of us are so focused on the short term we don’t step back to think about how we might want to shape the next 5 or 10 months, let alone 5 to 10 years. So we get caught in a kind of cycle of perceived under-achieving, looking back at only very recent events and accomplishments (and perceived failings). I’m not saying this is you Chris, just that it’s a pattern that seems common in people these days, me included.

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