This past year I have spent a lot of time listening to self-improvement podcasts, and it has been a major goal of mine to improve my mindset, future planning, and my relationships. Throughout this process I think about what I have learned about humans, in general. For instance, I have heard time and time again that the most efficient way to make long-lasting changes in your life is to set long-lasting habits. If you can program your brain to do something automatically, it saves you so much time and energy down the road. And when you automatically act a certain way each day, it frees up your mind to consider other concerns. However, on the flip side, this also means that it can be genuinely difficult to deprogram your habits. I recently observed this fact within myself, as it applies to our indoor air temperature control system. We experienced a normal power outage, at which time our entire city lost power and my Heating & A/C unit was promptly zapped by an electrical surge. My central heating & cooling unit was completely fried and there was no quick repair to fix the HVAC unit. I knew that I needed to call out a professional heating and a/c business to inspect the appliances, however it was going to be more than 2 days before my local heating and cooling business could make it. This entire time, despite realizing that my HVAC unit was genuinely broken, I couldn’t stop fiddling with my temperature control every few seconds! Every time I felt uncomfortable in my house, I couldn’t suppress my habitual pattern of diddling the temperature control device.I finally got my HVAC unit repaired, and for my next measure of self-improvement, I installed a smart temperature control to reduce my habitual temperature control abuse.