01/25/2010

After the half-hearted blog yesterday, I realized that yesterday marked the 3 week anniversary of my haiku a day! Why is this a big deal? Let me explain:
According to www.ehow.com, which, as we all know, is a reputable source…right?…Right. Anyway, according to them, it takes up to 21 days to form a habit, that’s 3 weeks. They define a habit as “a way of doing things that has become routine or commonplace.” In other words, doing something daily without even having to think about it. Examples include how you sit in a car, how you brush your teeth, even how you sleep at night. Habits, positive and negative ones, are very interesting to me. It amazes me that there are ways of making yourself change your routine, how difficult it is, and, according to science, there’s actually a projected amount of time listed as the “average number of days” of doing something repeatedly it takes to produce these habits. I wanted to get into the habit of writing more, reading more…Just being more creative, in general, more. Everything seems to be coming along just fine: I’m not watching anywhere near as much TV as I used to (average 30 minutes a day, if any), I’m working out 3-4 times a week, I’ve changed my eating habits, I’m reading in my free time…Oh yeah, and I also write one haiku a day to share with the world.
Tetris Effect Here’s an interesting thought, which I will later apply to my haiku writing. Apparently, there is a mental process referred to as the “Tetris Effect,” in which a person views real life the way they view a hobby of theirs. The term “Tetris Effect” was coined after the old game “Tetris” to describe how people who often played the game often viewed objects in real life, whether it be food, buildings or even newborn babies, as stackable objects and would mentally attempt to find ways to rotate them so they would perform a point-awarding arrangement, much like the game would. Photographers will look at real life as something they may view through their camera. Writers will often listen to conversations and hear it as possible dialogue. This process can be caused by just about anything one does regularly, whether it be playing Tetris, writing code or even flipping burgers. Our habits really have an interesting way of manipulating our lives.
So, today is day 22 of haiku a day. Have I developed a “Tetris Effect” somewhere in my life related to my haiku writing? Well, I don’t think so, but what if I did?
I could speak in haiku:

  • Hello, everyone
  • Please don’t ask why I am late
  • Unless you like gore
Or, I could apply it to my diet:

  • 5 veggies a day
  • 7 brownies a day
  • 5 pieces of fruit a day
I could also apply it to my daily internet usage:

  • 5 news sites
  • 7 porn / horror sites
  • 5 educational sites
Even better, the haiku formula could easily be applied to my workout routine:

  • 5 minutes of cardio
  • 7 minutes of rest
  • 5 more minutes of rest
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), I haven’t applied this to anything in my lifestyle…yet. Does the “Tetris Effect” not apply to haiku writing? Am I not doing something right? Or does the “Tetris Effect” only apply to freaks / talented people? I think I’ll go with the latter.

Enjoy today’s haiku:

The “Tetris Effect”
Has created a monster
Counting syllables

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