One of the ideas-to-explore I jotted down has to do with my semi-routines.
I complain that I don’t have many actual habits. Toothbrushing, for example. I make a conscious choice to brush my teeth each day. (Or don’t. But I’m not supposed to talk about that; discussing details of my sex life is more acceptable socially than that is.)
me·men·to /məˈmɛntoʊ/ –noun, plural -tos, -toes.
2. anything serving as a reminder or warning.
I have medicine bottles by my sink medicine bottles by my place at the dinner table paper on my vanity. Without them, I would struggle to take my allergy meds, vitamin B-complex, vitamin D drops, hormone replacement meds, chinese-named meds (2 kinds). Yeah, it’s quite the pharmacoepia. It’s working, though, and anyway…
as I pass by each tangible item, I engage the behavior I want.
I also have a planner-looking book where I write down my exercise & weight info, and I had a chime set on my calorie-logging software. I’m not logging food these days, and the exercising’s fluctuating in regularity—I’m not denying my ability to profoundly ignore these objects.
But with the meds, I have a compelling vision (I’m sleeping through the night again!) PLUS the mementos.
So I made a memento for yesterday’s vision. If it works, we’ll add memento to the arsenal.