My office is on the 7th floor of our building, this has been my primary excuse for never/rarely using the stairs. I have a tendency to always run down stairs, 7 flights of stairs, I’m going to build up quite a bit of momentum and someone will get hurt – most likely me. That was excuse number 1. Climbing up the stairs is out of the question, it will be too strenuous, I’ll get out of breath, and it will affect my productivity. Mainly as I have to run up stairs too (yes I am actually a small child mentally). That was excuse number 2.
Using the lift was just one of those habitual things, that just happened, without really being thought about. Admit it, we all do it!
As part of my ongoing regime of being more efficient, working smarter, and trying to be happier, I realised this is a bad habit that needs fixing.
We all know that making drastic changes doesn’t work, there’s no long-lasting impact. Even though we may have the intention, desire, or commitment to change, drastic changes don’t last. Change, habitual change, comes gradually over time.
For the last two weeks, this has been my approach;
- If wearing all my motorcycle gear (going to office/home): use the lift
- Going downstairs: walk down the stairs
- Coming back up to the office: take the lift to the 5th floor, climb up stairs to the 7th floor
The intention is to increase the number of floors I climb up over time. I want the change to stick. Being honest with myself, I know that if I try to climb up all 7 floors, I’ll do it once, maybe twice.
To begin with my knees would ache at the end of the day, as I kept running down the stairs. It’s just what I find natural. To temper this, so that I walk down, I use the time to read items on my reading list (I use pocket), or quickly flick through emails. Having the phone in my hand slows me right down to walking pace.
Walking up the stairs today, I noticed how awesome the view from the staircase is 🙂
If you find yourself trying to kick habits, the first thing to do is to be honest with yourself, then try making small changes. Maintain those changes for a month, then make another little change, maintain, and repeat.
If in a few months time, I’m taking the lift up to the 3rd floor, rather than the 7th, the gains will be compounding and I’ll be happy 🙂