Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 111

June 20, 2021

I’ve been reading a book about how habits are formed and it made me wonder how many of the habits (both good and bad) from COVID era will stick around? I’ve been interviewing for a couple of open positions on my team at the same time and I wish some of the things we encorporated for remote work would stay - namely the habit of video interviews, giving candidates the freedom to interview from a place they are comfortable in instead of forcing them to travel to an office.

A habit happens when a context cue is sufficiently associated with a rewarded response to become automatic, to fade into that hardworking, quiet second self. That’s it. Cue and response.

One of the habits I picked up is heading out for a hike early Sunday morning like clockwork. No matter how frustrated and anxious I might get throughout the week I know there’s a solid 6-8 hours of trail waiting for me no matter the weather. It gives me time to unwind and not look at a screen for a day.

Hiking has become a reward - so much that for my birthday this year I rewarded myself with Wildwood through hike. I was a little faster than last year and 30 miles flew by quickly. Hiking that trail also makes you think about your mortality (there’s plenty of dedicated benches out there on the trail). And yes, I’m thinking of getting my own one day.


Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter