A few years ago, I was a gym rat. I worked out 6 days a week, and many times twice a day. I would have worked out 7 days a week, if my body didn’t need a rest day. While leaving a physical therapy appointment for a workout injury, I was rear ended. I suffered a back injury that took a couple of years to fully recover. I moved states, changed professions and experienced a huge pay cut. No longer could I afford a gym membership or exercise classes. I was no longer a gym rat.
Now, I am trying to regrow my workout habit, and I have had several unsuccessful attempts. One day, I asked myself: how was I so active then? What was the gateway habit?
A Fitbit tracker.
It was a simple way for me to know my progress and where I wanted to be. So, I went back to my old ways and got a Fitbit.
I have had one for a couple of months now, and my level of physical activity has significantly improved. My current focus is getting 10,000 steps a day by walking. I am giving myself a feasible goal in light of our current times.
Here’s what I have learned:
- If I walk in the morning before work, I’m more likely to get my daily walk in.
- If I walk 5,000-6,000 steps, I hit my daily goal of 10,000 steps
- Challenges with family members motivate me to hit, and even exceed, my step goal
- If I don’t walk by 4 pm, I will not reach my step goal because it’s typically dark by 4:30p.
- Workout videos are not motivating because I work from home. I need to get out of my house.
- Praying or listening to audiobook while walking helps me lose track of time, so that I am more likely to reach my step goal.
- I enjoy walking on nature trials.
- Gloves and a hat are must haves.
This month, we are discussing how to become a G.O.A.T. in your writing habit. The G is for gateway habit. What’s the one habit you can do that will lead to other writing habits?
Tracking my steps with a FitBit is my gateway habit for exercise. It leads me to reaching, and sometimes exceeding, my daily step goal. So what’s your writing gateway habit?
Is it reading? A writing workshop? A walk in nature? A cup of coffee? An art exhibit? Photographs?
My exercise gateway habit leads me on a path of reaching my current goal. Once my goal changes, my gateway habit will still lead me there. It allows me to continue growing. Your writing gateway habit should do the same.
Your gateway habit should be simple. If it’s not simple, it’s not sustainable. Track your gateway habit, so that you know exactly where you are. Know that you are going to fall off the wagon. When do you do, dust yourself off, acknowledge your humanity and begin again.
So what is your writing gateway habit? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear it.