This past year I have spent a lot of time listening to self-improvement podcasts.
It has been a major goal of mine to improve my mindset, future planning, and relationships, however, throughout this process I think I’ve learned quite a lot more about humans, in general.
For instance, I’ve 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 particular way each day, it frees up your mind to consider other problems. However, on the flip side, this also means that it can be undoubtedly hard to deprogram your habits! Recently I observed this fact within myself, as it applies to our indoor thermostat; We experienced a normal power outage, in which time our entire neighborhood lost power and our central a/c and heater was promptly zapped by an electrical surge. My central heating and cooling unit was completely fried by the energy surge, and there was no quick repair to the HVAC unit.. I knew that I needed to call out a professional heating and A/C serviceman to inspect the appliances, but it was going to be numerous days before our local heating and cooling professional could make it. This entire time, despite realizing that our central heater and air conditioner was actually broken, I could not stop fiddling with the thermostat every few minutes. Every time I felt uncomfortable in our house, I could not suppress my habitual pattern of diddling the thermostat.I finally got our central heat and a/c repaired, and for my next measure of self-improvement, I installed a locked smart thermostat to reduce my habitual thermostat abuse.