Saturday, January 11, 2014

What I'm listening to - Stuff To Blow your Mind

I listen to a lot of podcast. A lot!

Browsing through my iTunes you will see that I am subscribed to well over 70 podcasts. Not all of them produce content regularly, or even at all anymore, but I would say that I listen to around 30 shows which do post regularly.

Most of the podcasts I listen to are between 30 and 60 minutes long. I became such a huge consumer of podcasts when I had my retail food store. I worked there at least 12 hours a day, often by myself and often doing manual tasks like cooking. Listening to podcasts was a way to pass the time, a way to learn and laugh while still working.

Nowadays I still often put in 12 hour days but I'm usually doing work that engages my brain a bit more. I can't listen to podcasts as much as I have in the past, but I still am pretty good at listening even while browsing through articles.

I don't give the podcasts I listen to enough love. I never email the hosts, I rarely comment on posts and I have never given an iTunes review. Seeing as how, as a podcaster myself, I am constantly asking for these things of my listener, I could do a better job of giving.

Ten days ago, I started a 30 day blog post challenge in the hopes that I could create a habit of writing more often. Not long after that the folks at Stuff To Blow Your Mind put out this episode on breaking or changing habits.

I'm sorry to report that the long believed adage "21 days to change a habit" is a piece of mythology. It turns out every person is different, and every habit is different. Some are easy to pick up, some are hard to get rid of.

I've been writing a post every day for ten days and it feels pretty good. I never need to remind myself to write. I tend to write at the same time every day, around 7 at night. I've been lucky for the last 10 days that I have not had anything that takes me out and away in the evening. But that changes next Tuesday.

Will writing at a different time of the day break my mojo? I sure hope not because I feel really good about this habit and I want it to continue.

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