I think part of what I was trying to get at yesterday with my ramblings about retirement savings was this: so many things that are good for me are probably a lot easier to do than I think. The key, I think, is to make one great big decision that form now on this is a constant and a non-negotiable, so that you don’t have to keep making the decision to do it every day.
In some cases (like the retirement savings) you’ll be able to automate the rest, but even where you can’t (daily exercise, for instance, or getting enough sleep) making the “big decision” will sometimes make the daily follow up action feel inevitable, which believe it or not makes it that much easier to do. Think about it, once you are out taking a walk, is it hard to complete it? No, the hard part is deciding to get off the couch and go outside, and making a “master decision” that you always go on a walk every tay this saves you from having to decide every day.
At least for me, this seems to be an effective technique – I certainly have been writing a little something every day, even if it hasn’t usually been more than the minimum. So maybe it’s time to think about what other habits I want to acquire, and how I can make a master decision to cultivate them.