This post was inspired by Ricardo Semler’s (CEO of Semco) practice of scheduling “terminal days”:
“On Mondays and Thursdays, I only do what I would do if I had just learned that I have a terminal disease. This forces you to answer for yourself what you really want to do and what really moves you. I find that I’m not left with goals (something measurable to achieve), but with processes that I love and want to do again and again.” — Ricardo Semler on the Tim Ferriss podcast.
For a long time, I have been having trouble sticking with new habits but then I read a lot of stuff online around the subject trying to figure out the permanent solution.
So what did I do? create cheat days.
I took a leaf from the dieting experience. 90 out of 100 people cheat on their diet.
I decided to take Wednesday and Sunday of each week as my cheat days for habits I am trying to create.
We all agree that we as normal human beings need a break from some of the things in our day to day lives. It’s the only way to grow.
The road to self-improvement is long and bumpy and I’m not obliged to travel at top speed.