In December I wrote 750 words in a diary every single day. In January I tried vegetarianism. This month I traded my smartphone in for an old Nokia, and locked my MacBook in a drawer at work.
The idea is to keep all other variables (or as many as possible) constant while I tweak one and see the difference it makes. And so I can really know that I’ve given the habit a real try, a real chance to see if it will stick and if it makes my life better.
This is compared to me six months ago, when I tried to implement polyphasic sleeping, intermittent fasting, intense spaced-repetition training and a grueling weightlifting regime all in one go.
So far I’ve kept vegetarianism and dropped journalling. The no-internet one is going great. Future experiments will include only eating food cooked in my home kitchen, and meditating for a long time every day.
It’s a slower method, but a more scientific one. I’ll post results as I have them.
It’d be really nice if I could have measurable outcomes, formulate hypotheses and compare those to the results at the end of the month. But the habits required to track properly might have to be an experiment in its own right.