So, while I was on the phone with Tiffany (mentioned in Tidbit Tuesday August 2), talking about how we wanted to get back into routine, we decided to make it a game.
I know that life moves with more ease when I am going to bed earlier, waking up around 7 a.m. and eating breakfast. This is something I have learned about myself - amongst other important lessons - and I also know that when sleep and eating are "off" so comes the rest of everything.
So, Tiffany and I are playing a game together. We both realized that each of us are more likely to tend to ourselves and follow a routine when there is a commitment to someone or something else (e.g. be at work on time, meet person at the gym and so on). We committed to ensuring the other one is up and out of bed each morning at 7:30 a.m..
Each of us have set an alarm, and the first one to call gets a point (1 point for Gryffindor!). Whoever has more points at the end of the game wins a home-cooked meal from the other. The daily commitment is fulfilled when we are each out of bed, in the kitchen with glass of water, and in the midst of preparing breakfast.
So, here I am, now up for over an hour (Thank you Tiff) and starting my day. I already feel more like myself!
The moral of the tidbit: make it a game, and call upon a friend. It could be with anything - eating more vegetables, driving the speed limit, smoking fewer cigarettes, taking shorter showers... Whatever it is, whatever the unfulfilled commitment may be.
Another tip: define "conditions of satisfaction. The what's, how's and when's... so the outcome is measurable and clear.
And, thanks to Matt too. Not only is playing a game a great idea, I do appreciate that you now have to listen to Tiffany and I chat it up every morning at 7:30 a.m. (as you reminded me yesterday when I told you). And YES, you can come to dinner too!