Momentum is one of the most essential weapons in my arsenal.
I have a problem sticking to routines and making certain habits a regular part of my schedule. Most of this is due to the insomnia I experience daily and the issues it causes. One of those is that I don’t have a consistent wakeup time and the only consistency I feel on a day to day basis is feeling run down, having extreme mental fatigue, and brain fog. It’s been quite diffucult to stick to anything after living with these things for so many years.
There are activities I can do that make living with this affliction better. The most important is exercise. It doesn’t fix the problem, not by any means, but it makes me feel better throughout the day, and gives me a break from the mental fatigue and the vice grip on my brain that comes with brain fog. At least for the period of time where I’m pumping adrenaline and cortisol through my system and getting to the eventual endorphin release that comes through a sustained heavy exertion of force.
The problem is, I can’t seem to be consistent with it. I will be able to maintain a practice for a period of time, but I eventually get out of the routine, and will go long periods of only exercising occasionally or not at all. When I get back into the routine, the way I do it is through momentum. I start small. Do a few push-ups and other basic calisthenics. Repeat again in a couple days. Then do something a little more strenuous and challenging. If I start slacking off, pick up how I began. Keep doing this until it becomes part of my routine again. This is the exact same method I used to begin working out 4 years ago. I started really small, in my bedroom. First by doing basic calisthenics, and a few months later with a couple of dumbbells. I kept that up for about 6 months, then I started going to the gym. And it snowballed from there.
If you’re not doing something that you want to do, I recommend this technique. Start with one thing and use the momentum to create a snowball effect. This can work for anything in your life. Exercise, writing, meditation, cooking, reading, socializing, you name it. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.