My wife and I started developing a habit last year. I’m calling it the walking threshold. There’s a set distance that we just won’t drive to, we walk instead. Over the year the distance went to about 2 miles and change, enough to get to Old Town Alexandria or Crystal City, by walking.
At first, of course, when it wasn’t a habit, it felt more like a chore. Sticking with it, it just became a part of our daily routine. And it’s a good part. We drive around less (and are less frustrated with traffic). It’s better for our health. It’s a chance to spend time with each other, time that we don’t have much for.
This again, is one of those lessons that CoffeeCents wants to espouse. Automate (or habit-formulate) activities that help you to get to where you want to be. Even more boinus is when one activity serves two purposes (or in our case, three).
Take time to think about what you could do. Often times a very good idea is quite counter-intuitive.