Changing your life starts by creating new habits. A lot of times when we try to change our habits we believe that in order to do that, we have to make drastic changes all at once. Now the problem with that is that we tend to get overwhelmed and stressed and end up quitting altogether.
The true key to creating new habits is to make small changes by aiming to better yourself by 1% each day. Once you decide on what that small change will be, you have to repeat it every day, because repetition is what will change that from an action to a habit.
Tips to Building a New Habit:
- Start Small: When working on creating a new habit, it’s best to start small and easy. So easy that you don’t need any motivation to do it; so easy that you can’t say no to it. Now this may seem weird at first – but if you can master an easy habit, then you can master any habit. If you can’t master an easy habit, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to master a harder one. As you get better, you’ll be able to move on to a more challenging habit that you want to develop.
- Fall Off? Get Right Back On Track: This one is important; if you are working on creating a new set of habits that are going to help you become successful, then you must be aware of the fact that it will be challenging at first. Why? Because you’re not used to doing it! We’re all human, and we all mess up. If you miss a day, it’s not the end of the world. What you want to make sure of is that you don’t miss more than one day. As soon as you go two days in a row without implementing your habit, you might as well be starting from scratch, and it becomes much more difficult to start again.
- Be Patient: Creating new habits usually means that you are trying to break old ones. Now, chances are you’ve been performing your old habits for quite some time – which means you can’t expect to develop the new habit right away! It takes about 21 days to create a new habit – stay consistent for that long, and your action will become a habit.
My big habit that I had focused on creating for awhile was my morning routine. Between not having morning classes for school and not having work in the morning, I tended to wake up whenever I felt like it. It always bothered me, because I am not a big fan of sleeping in – I felt guilty and would always think about how I could have used that extra time in the morning to be working on something.
I decided that I needed to make a change, and so I started with my sleep schedule. I needed to establish a time that I was going to get up at from now on, and stick to it. I picked 7 AM – at first it was hard, because I was so used to getting up at 9 AM. But after a few days, I became accustomed to it, and by the time 3 weeks had past, waking up at 7 AM had become normal! Now I wake up at 6 AM – and to get there, I followed the same system.
Since then, I have also added a few other things to my morning routine, including personal development reading and gratitude journaling. When I first decided to start doing that, I was all over the place. I only did them some days, and other days I would skip it. But now I have a specific routine that I stick to everyday, and I absolutely love my mornings.
Reading personal development books are actually what helped me to start working on creating small daily habits – here are some of my favourites!
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey –https://amzn.to/36qewsA
Atomic Habits by James Clear – https://amzn.to/3c1dpke
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis https://amzn.to/2ztwQ89