Simple Hacks To Help You Build New Habits
Creating new habits isn’t easy. Here are five simple hacks that will make it a little easier. Use them until you’ve internalized the new habit and don’t need them anymore.
Schedule It And Put It On The To-Do List
Sometimes the old routine gets in the way, and we forget to do that new thing we were trying. Maybe we forget that we’re supposed to be reading a book in bed instead of playing on our phone, or that we need to get that daily walk in after dinner.
Schedule your new habits or make them part of your daily to-do list until they become something you do automatically.
Make It Public and Be Accountable
Let family and friends know what new habits you’re trying to establish. Give them permission to call you out if you don’t stick to your plan and to help get you back on track.
You may even go as far as sharing it publicly on Facebook or write a blog about your new journey. Knowing that others read it and know about it might be just enough to keep you going when you feel like throwing in the towel.
Triggers – Piggyback On A Habit You Already Have
Whenever possible, add the new habit to one you already have. For example, if you fix a cup of tea or coffee at 4pm, and you want to get in the habit of taking a daily walk, make the new ritual to go for your walk and then come back and enjoy your tea.
It’s much easier to amend an existing habit or ritual than creating an entirely new one.
Find A Buddy and Help Each Other Along
Find someone with the same or similar goal. This could be a workout partner or a diet buddy. They could be online or in person, whatever is most sustainable and works best to help you build that habit. Keep tabs on each other and encourage each other to keep going. It’s much harder to skip a walk if you know someone else is depending on you being there.
Make It A Group Challenge
If one accountability partner is good, a whole group is even better. And they don’t even need to be local. Find a supportive group online and challenge each other to stick to your new habit for a specific period of time. Knowing others are on the journey with you will keep all of you going until you establish that new habit.
Give these simple little hacks a try. Keep using the ones that you find helpful until you have made new habits you can stick with without the help of any tools or support.
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