While we’re no experts on this yet, we know from experience that wanting to adopt a new habit isn’t the hard part of adopting a habit – there are things we all wish we’d start doing. Whether it’s working out more (does anyone ever say they should workout less?!), being outside more (winter is hard!), watching less TV (this will always be our downfall), or even just getting up earlier (a work in progress) – there are certain habits we’d like to pick up. So, what’s so hard about it?
Well, changing your life is tough – even if it only seems like a small change. Making a new habit “stick” and becoming part of your routine is one of the toughest aspects of changing your lifestyle. Because of this, we’ve rounded up some tips that have helped us, and could help you, too!
The first thing you should do is prepare or manage your expectations. According to this article from the Huffington Post it takes roughly 21 days, a little less than a month, to form a new habit. So, don’t beat yourself up if you’re not 100%-stick-to-it in your first 20 or so days (or less).
Based on this, you should build towards success. For example, if your goal is to get a solid eight-hours every night don’t expect to achieve that on day 1.We know that’s hard, when you decide to commit to something, you (and us too) want it to be instantaneous. Instead, create mini-goals that will get you to that level. So, maybe the first week of training yourself on your new habit, you get into bed one hour earlier than usual, or don’t keep your phone by your bed to avoid the temptation of staying awake longer.
Get your friends involved if you feel comfortable! Or at the very least, tell one person so they are there if you need encouragement or just to check in with about how everything is going. You don’t have to have the same exact end-goal habit, but if you have someone to talk to like a gym buddy, it might help you stick to it better.
If you don’t want to get a friend involved, try making it part of your to-do list. Add it to your daily work, grocery, home whatever-list. . That way, you’ll feel a little more pressure to stick to it, and you’ll get to cross something else off your to-do list. We like making lists because who doesn’t love crossing something off their list?
Hopefully, these tips help you get started on your next great habit! If you have any that make starting new things (and sticking to them) a bit easier, let us know in the comments!