Monday night, I told Raul that I would wash the dishes in the morning before heading into Bilbao with Cate for her last day. He told me not to worry, just go enjoy myself, but I couldn’t do it. The dishes hadn’t been done for a day and a half (guests tend to play havoc with cleaning schedules). Plus, there were still things out of place from my birthday party on Saturday night. I couldn’t leave the house without putting everything to rights.
For anyone who’s known me for any period of time, your jaw must be on the floor. Alex needing to do dishes? Yup, that’s right. I’m addicted to clean dishes.
Last month I made a conscious effort to create a lasting change in my life and we’ll see how successful I was the next time I need to edit a large story. When I wasn’t paying attention, however, I made another fundamental change in my behaviour without even knowing it.
Up to quite recently I hated doing dishes, but then I started to include it in my daily routine. Every day after lunch I wash the dishes. I use it to relax and gear myself for an afternoon of working. I’ve been doing this for a few months now and unwittingly I’ve created a clean-dishes habit.
- We can create habits (good or bad) without meaning to, simply through repetition.
- Sometimes we only become aware of our habits when we take a break from them.