As I have said before, the sewing part of my day is my least favorite. I love the thinking, dreaming, researching, designing, pattern making, the fittings, the website design, the writing. But the sewing (which is slightly integral to this process) is painful. I sew in my basement, and every time I walk down the stairs to sew, I can literally feel the pain.
I thought about - "What is it that I don't like about the sewing?" For one thing, it's boring. It's a long time of just doing something that requires concentration but not much deep thought. And secondly, I feel out of control. I feel like I can't control these machines with all of these moving parts which often just eat my fabric after I've spent all this time cutting out. I think lots of practice (which I'm doing), a little instruction (which I'm getting) and a better machine (which I bought) may help with the machine issues. But what to do about the boredom?
I asked myself - "What is my favorite time of the day?" Lunch time - because that is when I give myself a 30 minute reward of sitting and watching a podcast. And why do I enjoy that so much? Because I LOVE learning.
A little piece of technology has changed my life. My husband gave me an ipad for Christmas. And now, I can listen to podcasts while I sew. Creativelive, Skillshare, Tim Ferris, John Piper, design recharge, Seth Godin, Todd Henry. Oh my goodness. So much fun.
Now I only let myself listen to podcasts while I'm sewing, which makes me want to sew more. So, I'm getting my reward WHILE I am building my habit of sewing. I do the same thing with running. I only let myself watch the news WHILE I'm running. So, if I don't run, I don't have any idea what is going on in the world. And while I still sense the "pain" when I walk down to the basement and drive to the gym, the reward is drawing me to my new habit with excitement.
So, is there a new habit that you are trying to build into your life? Instead of rewarding yourself after you are finished, try incorporating a reward into the habit. Let me know if that works for you.