Ever since going on vacation a little over two weeks ago I have struggled to keep my streak alive for more than a few days at a time. Theoretically, this isn't a big deal - I am still writing fairly consistently, which is a massive improvement from pre-200WAD! At the same time, it has got me thinking about how powerful habits and routines are.
When we form a habit or a routine, the decisions we make and the actions we take come second-nature. There is no additional thought required to execute - we just do it. Before leaving on vacation I would spend time thinking about what I would write for the day. Typically I read many newsletters and articles so if anything, I had some material to refer to. Or I would become more aware of my thoughts or emotions throughout the day and perhaps construct a post around that.
However, after my vacation, my writing habit had somewhat diminished. I still had the desire to write consistently but I lacked the burning desire to write each and every day without fail. I failed to actively seek out potential content and would simply not write something if nothing came to mind.
What are some tips and tricks you follow to recover from a previously established habit or routine? When external forces threaten to disrupt your routine, how do you deal with them?