It’s time to talk about habits. The older I get, the more I realize how important they are. Habits need no motivation, they need no thought, they need no planning. They simply are what they are. They are the tasks we just do, because we always do them.
Habits shape our lives. What you do on a daily basis dictates what kind of life you’re living. If you eat pizza and cookies everyday, you may be at a weight you’re not comfortable with. If you come home from your 9-5 and sit on the couch watching Netflix, rather than working on that dream you always say you have, you may feel discouraged, or not understand why you spend day after day in your cubicle, daydreaming about the life you could have, or the person you could be.
But today is the day. Today is the day you get off your butt, and start forming new habits. Today is the day you do that thing you’ve been meaning to do. Today you begin to realize your true potential. Habits are the perfect way to do this.
Building habits can actually be easier than you think. These tips below will help you get into the swing of things, and get you ready to live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
If you never go to the gym, it may be hard to start a habit of going to the gym 5 days a week. Instead make a plan to go 1-3 times a week. Set an actual number, let’s say 2, and then figure out specific days you’ll do that. If you want to procrastinate less, set a timer for 10 minutes and complete a task with complete focus. Starting small will set you up for success in the long run by ensuring you’ll actually stick to these habits, rather than get overwhelmed by the long road ahead of you, or big task in front of you.
Write it down and create a schedule
I always say, my planner is my best friend. Writing down habits will set the intention for them, and create a greater chance that they’ll become realized. If there are many new habits you want to form such as getting fit, starting a business, and using technology less, write them down and set aside specific days when you’ll work on those habits. For example, Wednesdays and Saturdays will be gym days, while Tuesdays and Thursdays I’ll work on my business after work, and Sundays I’ll go technology free from 9am-1pm.
Find a friend
This one can be tricky. Many habits need to be intrinsically motivated, meaning you want to do it, not that someone is telling you to do it. However, finding a gym buddy or a business partner can be incredibly helpful and will also keep you motivated. It’s helpful to have someone to create habits with, as long as your motivation comes from within and it’s something you truly want.
When you slip get back on track
We all mess up because we’re human. You can’t be perfect all the time. The great thing about habits is that they, unlike motivation, require much less thought. When life throws you a curve ball and you can’t do what you would normally do, try to get back into your routine as soon as possible to prevent yourself from losing the habits you worked so hard to build.
Act as if
A great way to build a habit, is to act as if. If you want to build the habits of a fit person, act as if you already are fit. What does a fit person eat? How much do they sleep? How much water do they drink? These are all habits to consider. It will be much easier to walk past the muffins in your morning meeting once you trick yourself into becoming the person you strive to be.
Know your weaknesses
Think back to past failures, and figure out where you fall short. When do you usually quit? What are your weak spots? Once you become aware of these, you can then prevent them from happening while you’re trying to build habits. For example, if you want to go to bed earlier and you know Sunday night is your weak spot because you stay up way too late, start your bedtime routine an hour or two earlier.
Remember, they say it takes 21 days to build a habit. That means 3 weeks is all you need to begin to transform from the person you are now, to the person you know you can be. Become all you’re capable of this year. As you make small changes, you’ll feel so accomplished, and that sense of accomplishment will propel you to achieve even more. These small changes will turn into habits, and those habits will change your life over time.
I hope you all have an amazing Monday. Be sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know what new habits you are currently trying to form. I would love to hear from you!