OK, this year hasn’t really gone to plan (but I don’t think I’m alone with that). So, I’m using the new financial year, as a new year. I have been reading up on new habits & making them stick. Here is the best advice I found.
Make it Easy
I am going to focus on showing up. What do I mean by that? Well, if I aim to say, exercise in 10-minute blocks, there is more chance I will do that. Maybe 10 in the morning & another 10 in the afternoon, rather than an hour every second day. Just showing up will help with the consistency of doing something.
Make it obvious AKA environment matters
Make sure there are prompts for you to follow, a sign if you like. If your routine is the same as it has always been, nothing will change. Those same cues & triggers will make you fall back into those same bad habits.
Need to drink more water, carry your water bottle with you – you will be more likely to drink from it.
Forgetting to take your vitamins or supplements, put them with your breakfast stuff to remind you to take them.
Clear that clutter, from your desk, from your cupboard, even your dining room table or kitchen bench.
Make it satisfying
What is rewarded, is repeated; or alternatively, what is immediately punished is avoided. When I say rewarded it is obviously not big things, but small satisfactory points along a journey.
I love a list & I love crossing stuff off it – it gives me a sense of satisfaction.
I also love sitting in the sun & reading, so maybe a treat after some computer work; similarly, a shower after a long walk soothes the muscles. All things to look forward too.
By rewarding yourself in small ways, you are more likely to follow through, as well as increasing your self-esteem & self-motivation.
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