Six tips to making good habits stick
Good habits can be difficult to form, but impossible to break once it becomes a part of your everyday life.
Ever find yourself stating the same thing over again for like the 10 billionth time?
Not sure why you’re so full of energy at the beginning, but the excitement wares off somehow?
Wondering how you can flick that switch to turn the thing you want to be a habit, into a steady and consistent part of your life?
Research suggests it takes just 21 days to form a habit. – I disagree.
Well honestly, I think it depends heavily on the habit you are trying to form, for example, 21 days is enough time to get yourself in the habit of going to bed / waking up an hour earlier.
But is it truly enough time to do something that requires a bit more effort?
Here are my top tips to creating good habits
- Write down the thing you want to do with intention
It’s easy to say that you want to do something, but in my experience, and as commonly recommended by many; writing your goal/intention down is very crucial to your success.
Get yourself a notebook for the sole purpose of setting and planning your goals and intentions.
You should write down why you want to do this, what is the main thing that’s driving you, and what other things around this are motivating you?
- Make a plan
If you want this one to stick, you need to get serious about how you are going to make it happen.
- What good habits are you aiming for?
- How are you going to fit it into your day?
- When specifically will you do this particular thing?
- What tools/equipment do you need to make this happen?
- Are they easily accessible, can you make them easily accessible?
- How are you going to measure your progress?
- How are you going to reward your progress?
Set yourself some measurable milestones to keep you motivated and on track.
- Keep a daily record of your activity
When you do the thing, write it down.
If you didn’t do it that day, write it down.
Write around it how you felt under those circumstances, before and after.
- Remind yourself why you need these good habits in your life
If you have written it down as suggested, you will have an invaluable resource to refer back to in times of doubt.
It’s easy to forget why we started doing things, especially when motivation starts to drop.
Remind yourself regularly why you are doing this.
Remember, this is your choice, this is the thing you want for yourself, so there is no reason it shouldn’t be a priority.
- Acknowledge and reward your success
When you reach a milestone, reward yourself.
Try to avoid getting so caught up in the end goal that you forget about the mini goals that will get you there.
Maybe you’ve heard the saying;
“There is no elevator to success, you must take the stairs”
After reaching each step, acknowledge your success and reward yourself.
Be creative with your reward system. An alcoholic does not reward their abstinence with alcohol, an ex-smoker does not reward with cigarettes.
Reward yourself with something that is unrelated to the thing that you are doing. For example, if you’re moving yourself into a healthier diet plan, try to avoid rewarding yourself with unhealthy foods.
- Keep doing it
Good habits are things that we do regardless of what else is going on around us. If you want to make something a habit, you have to get it done day in and day out until you’re doing it by default.