Day 74: Bad Habits

"Potato Chip News"  Art journal, magazine collage.

I have just finished reading Gretchen Rubin's excellent book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. I had to renew my library loan twice, because I couldn't get into the habit of reading books. It's not that I haven't been reading; I have wasted many hours reading "potato chip news" on my iPad. This is Rubin's term for those addictive "news" articles that you read compulsively, the kind that often get shared on Facebook and such. My addiction used to be with Rob Ford; now it's Donald Trump. How many articles do I really need to read just to confirm my opinion of him?

Meanwhile, of the four directives I should be following as an artist, I haven't yet truly embraced the first one, "Work hard." My daily art post is a start, but I really do need to buckle down. Rubin's advice should help me form some good habits and stop some bad ones. First up: no more potato chip news!