How do you get started with new habits?

Quentin Sonrel on June 29, 2018

I have been quite inspired by this post lately, and it's good to see that we all are trying to adopt some new habits and be better! But on a pract... [Read Full]
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It's something I struggle with. I can easily pick up bad habits, like most people. But they say it takes about 6 weeks to form a habit, so you need to actively do the habit you want to form for at least 6 weeks, eventually it will have become second nature hopefully and you're done.

I also find trying to change too many habits at once can really make it difficult, so try and keep things small.

 

Yeah I do think it's a good idea to let the habit sink in with time but combined with the "one habit at a time" it's kinda discouraging, like it will take you 15 years to adopt all the new habits you want to adopt 😂

 

You're absolutely right! I didn't mean for it to come across as one at a time, but a few. I attempted once to change practically my whole routine, and I lasted about a week before I fell back into bad habits.

Yeah, I know that, I did the same thing and it ended the same way!

 

I try to don't thing about the benefits - I force myself to do this habit like I had no choice.

  • I allocate a specific time in the day. I start always with less than 6 minute because if you spend too much time you will find it too hard or to timekeeping. Kaizen say "start with a small step". Specific time with an alarm is the best way to not forget.
  • One most important step to build habit is to do it every day. I use a calendar and mark a sign every day I success. You can use an app (I only know Loop for Android). It helps me to stay motived when I saw a discontinued line of sign.
  • I do a restrospective every week to see my achievement and find blocking problems (why I failed this day). Allocate time to feedback is a good way to congratulate yourself and find solution to improve your experience.
  • Two years ago I offered myself a Lego box for every "big achievement".
  • Some people write something every time (very usefull for sports) to log their progression.

Hope it could help someone :)

 

I agree with the whole "specific time, every day + alarm" thing, it's what works best for me... until I start postponing because it's not the right moment.

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