This is a prototype standing desk that I made
Sitting all day was becoming a real pain: bad posture, occasional back pain (when I stayed too focused too long), and general feelings of sedentariness. When I learned that it was likely horrible for my health, if not fatal, I decided to do something about it.
This is my prototype standing desk. It goes on top of my regular desk, but I plan to make a taller one that stands on the floor once I have the ergonomics tuned. This desk is made from lumber, wood screws, and lag bolts I already had. The next version might be prettier.
Then again, I hate wobbly furniture. This thing isn’t wobbly at all. Maybe I’ll stick with the same general specs.
If you start with a flawed plan, you might fail. If you wait for the perfect plan, you might never start. What I’ve said up to this point is about preparation and planning, but don’t stay there.
Quitting probably won’t happen overnight. Frustrating as that can be, it also gives you time. You will likely have enough to make corrections as you go. Don’t worry, iterate your efforts. Try, fail, take note, rinse and repeat.
Jiu-Jitsu for Women — George Eastman House on Flickr Commons
Sometimes the thing you want to quit seems like a vein that ramifies throughout a huge part of your life, and influences many behaviors. It can feel impossible to root out every list bit of it.
Maybe it will be, but I doubt it. People overestimate what they can do in the short term, and underestimate what they can do in the long term. You don’t need to instantly succeed to reap significant benefits.
"Herbert George Ponting and telephoto apparatus, Antarctica, January 1912," National Library NZ on Flickr Commons
If you presume lifelong change, the prospect of quitting something forever can loom high and cast a deep shadow. Let me be honest with you, the price might well be high. Many things worth achieving demand sacrifice.
To make matters worse, you must pay most of the price before you feel the benefits. There is no bill me later option in kicking habits.
If something is worth quitting now, it’s probably worth quitting indefinitely. Do you really want to lose weight only to regain it again in a couple months or years? If it’s good for your heart now, it probably will be good later.
Presume each choice is lifelong. You want to love these choices (even though they might be hard). This doesn’t mean weakening your resolve until it seems easy enough. It means almost the opposite. Don’t cut corners for short-term improvements unless you want your achievement to be temporary. Put some research and thought into making the decision wise; and don’t plan to relapse as soon as you’ve reached your goal!
Next: Choose your scale of focus.