HOW TO FORM A NEW HABIT
Habits are defined as a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. If there is something that you’re wanting to add into your daily routine then you need to create a habit out of it, otherwise it can definitely be easy to give up.
Make A Plan, Write It Down
What do you want to achieve and WHY? Write down your intentions in your journal or in your phone, and the steps you’re going to take to get there. Are you wanting to take up a new hobby? You could start with having the goal of 10 minutes a day, every day for the first week. 15 minutes every day the following week, and so on until you build up to the desired amount of time every day going forward.
Quantity, Not Quality
I mentioned this a few weeks ago in my blog post about picking up running. In the beginning when you’re trying to adapt to a new habit, it’s great to focus on the frequency of doing it a little bit every day, rather than to worry about how well you’re doing this activity. Take drawing for example, instead of focusing on how good your sketches are that day and taking longer to perfect it, in the beginning just focus on the act of completing a sketch (or part of one) each day, even if it’s only for a little while! Start with building the habit before you focus on the craft of your activity.
Small Amounts To Start, Work Your Way Up
I touched on this in the last couple of points but again want to highlight the impact of just starting small and slowly working your way up once the habit os formed.
Be as persistent as you can with your new habit. If some days you get some really solid work done, and other days you don’t, no worries! Don’t beat yourself up over it!
Set Reminders Until Your Body Reminds You
If you keep forgetting every other day, set a reminder! Do not snooze it until you have completed your task. Keep the reminder at the same time every day until you naturally remember to complete your new habit on your own every day.
All the best for forming your new habits!