What are your habits? Do you always wake up at 5am and go to bed at 9pm? What if you woke up an hour later and stayed up an hour later?
Do you always drive or walk the same way to work or school? What if you go a different direction?
Do you always take the dog for a walk at the same time and in the same circle – Switch directions or go at a different time (Good for the dog, too)
Have you never seen an opera? See one. Have you never gone to church? Try one. Have you always gone to the same church? Or the same church service? Try a different one.
Do you always eat the same thing for lunch? Or have it at the same time? Try something else. Or eat it in a different place.
The world is full of possibilities and choices. If you always make the same decisions and interact with the same people, you won’t experience anything new. Have new experiences or make different choices – make a choice to do a few things differently. See how it can affect your writing to put yourself in a situation where you’re less comfortable.
I noticed that when I walked the dog in a different direction, my neighbor’s kids didn’t see us coming (which the dog hated, but it kept me from having to ask them to ask their mom if they can pet her and it kept her from glaring daggers at me as she told them okay). The dog ran around, smelling everything like she’d never seen it before. And I noticed the buildings differently. I even noticed the campus differently (I live near a college campus – perfect for dog walks). Different buildings stuck out. Some buildings had ivy, which I’d never noticed.
What does changing just a few things do for you?
What are three things you can change in your day or your week?