We all know bad habits can be hard to break (such as binge watching reality TV). But let’s look at it from another angle – habits, in general. Whenever we do something repeatedly, whether good or bad, we tend to stick to it. Instead of thinking about how to break bad habits, we should instead be thinking about how to form good ones.
Forming better habits can feel like a big task—but it doesn’t have to be. It is more about discipline over a longer period of time. Here’s 5 tips to help you make your good habits stick:
Start small (then think big)
Habits can be very challenging if we try to incorporate them into our daily routine, especially when it’s something big. We become overwhelmed and give up easily. Instead of trying to shoot for the stars, start small first. Think of little ways you can form good habits on a regular basis. For instance, if your goal is to have more productive mornings, try waking up 10 minutes earlier to start. Then work your way up to 30 minutes. Start small first to give yourself a motivational boost, and then think bigger once you know you can do it.
Commit to a time period
Commitment is the biggest hurdle when it comes to habits. It’s easy to say you want to form good habits but you also have to make it definitive. When you don’t set yourself to a time-sensitive goal, you start getting too relaxed and comfortable. Depending on what you want to achieve, aim to do it within 30 days.
Consistency is the key
Consistency is the key to everything, especially habits. You have to make a conscious effort to do it on a regular basis, whether daily or weekly. For instance, getting into a regular fitness routine is tough in the beginning but once you’ve worked it into your schedule, it becomes easier and easier. Over time, it’s like second nature to do it.
Give yourself a reward
Everyone needs a little push every now and then. When you’re starting to hit milestones, give yourself a reward. Giving yourself some recognition goes a long way. It also gives you something to look forward to. Don’t, however, make it a habit to reward yourself.
Just do it
At the end of the day, you just have to do it. The hardest part about habits is forming them. It takes both commitment and consistency. Think about your end goals and how these habits will help you achieve them.