Timepiece (habits formation process)

As we progress into this durational piece, we have discovered that we both approach the timing’s process from very different angles.  Our relationship with numbers, recording, marking, and coding definitely lay out our differences as person as well as highlighting our awareness of life pace and tempo.

During these 11 days of recording and collecting data, we have realized the necessity of creating a habit of timing certain every day life activities. According to a report form the UCL (University College of London) made in 2009,

“Habits are behaviours which are performed automatically because they have been performed frequently in the past. This repetition creates a mental association between the situation (cue) and action (behaviour), which means that when the cue is encountered the behaviour is performed automatically. Automaticity has a number of components, one of which is lack of thought.”[1]

In order to create a pattern of behaviour to accurate the systematisation of our data collection, we have decided to carry on the experience for a longer period. Based on a new research by Phillippa Lally at UCL Epidemiology and Public Health, it takes an average of 66 days to develop a new habit; therefore we will carry on with the experience for 55 more days.


[1] http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0908/09080401

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