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 current and future relationships.
However, throughout this process I feel like I’ve acquired more knowledge 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 new, long-lasting habits.
If you can program your brain to do something automatically, it saves you so much time plus energy down the road, and when you automatically act a certain way each day, it frees up your mind to consider other complications. However, on the flip side, this also means that it can be genuinely strenuous to deprogram your habits. Recently I noticed this fact within myself, as it applies to our indoor air temperature control system. We experienced a normal power outage, during which time our entire neighborhood lost power and then our central a/c unit was promptly zapped by an electrical surge. My central a/c unit was completely fried by the energy, plus there was no quick repair to the central air conditioner. I knew that I needed to call out a professional HVAC worker to inspect the appliances, however it was going to be several days before our local heating and cooling worker could make it. And this entire time, despite realizing that our a/c unit was absolutely broken, I could not stop fiddling with our thermostat every few minutes. Every time I felt uncomfortable in our house, I could not suppress my habitual pattern of diddling the temperature control device.I finally got our central a/c unit repaired, and for my next measure of self-improvement, I installed a locked smart thermostat to reduce my habitual thermostat abuse.