Don't worry; turns out I'm still myself. After I wrote that fig tree post and said I was all routiney, I promptly stopped my routine. Haven't read a word in the Word since. That's, like, five days. And still three if you don't count the weekend (which I don't, which is weird because they're still days I could be reading).
Still me. Still lazy.
Does anyone else still operate on school schedules? I still think in school years. Summers feel different than—than not summer. I always expect my husband to be home more during the summer, but apparently most people have to "work" or something. Weekends are olly-olly-oxen-free. Even from Bible reading.
Mind you, I don't have any school-age kids. I've been out of school for quite some time (although I did go back to work on a master's a few years ago). But somehow I'm still stuck on that schedule, that routine.
Only took me years. And years. And years.
How long does it take to make a routine? I've heard that if you do something consistently for two weeks, it becomes a habit. Two months and it becomes a routine. Something like that. How do you break a routine, though? If I don't do it, do I un-routine it? Because I've been not doing school—in any way, shape, or form—for at least two years now. Not taking classes, not teaching. And still, my brain is school calendar-ed.
It seems that bad habits are harder to break than good habits are to make.
I have lots of tricks for starting routines. I've got tips that involve setting timers for prayer and Bible reading. I can get on the right track for weeks—months, even!—and then it takes just one or two days to completely ruin everything. Then it's doubly hard to get my act together again.
*sigh* Does anyone else have tips or tricks? Dude! Share! Don't bogart the help!