(Photo: Chelsea eating chips in our “non-sleeping” bed!)
The past six months we lived exclusively in hotels. We hopped from one room to the next and slept in more than 72 cities in 2013 during our North American Tour.
Fresh sheets every night, 24/7 room service, concierge to pick up and deliver your dry cleaning and free wifi was something I was getting used to.
The tour ended this month and we moved back into a new apartment in downtown Portland. We are taking February and March to create new content and enjoy being home.
We have been in our new place for almost a month and I now understand when Stephen Covey said, “We become what we repeatedly do.” Here are five hotel habits that affected my home life:
1) You don’t have two beds where you can eat in one and sleep in the other.
2) There is no 24/7 room service available so if you are hungry you have to make it yourself and choice are limited.
3) If you leave your towels on the ground they stay there and are not replaced magically.
4) Losing your keys does not mean you can go downstairs and get new ones.
5) Wifi, toilet paper and shampoo are not free you have to pay for those!
After waking up to a house full of clothes on the ground, no fresh towels, almost locking myself out of the house and getting a bill from Comcast… I was reminded, “The habits you form, form you!” It is easy to fall in a trap and let your habits get the best of you.
It is good to check in with yourself every now and then and look at what habits you are creating for yourself. What habits are you forming now that will shape your life later? The longer you have a habit, the harder it is to break! So let’s make a change and set a goal!
Goal: Identify one habit you must get rid of and one you can implement in your daily life that will help you achieve more. (For example, one habit I need to get rid of is thinking I am living in a hotel. It is not good for my home life or relationship! One habit I implemented last year was I must write at least one sentence a day, everyday! This one habit keeps me researching, learning and teaching).
Let me know your habit-related goal below in the comments! Keep making things happen and as always…
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My goal is to replace soda and carbonated drinks with water or unsweetened tea. (A habit to change)