Tips for developing new habits

Over the course of my life I’ve become sick and tired of setting myself goals and rarely achieving them. So over the past few months I’ve been teaching myself to develop various new and better habits to improve myself as a person and my life. Here are a few tips that I’ve learnt along the way.

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  1. Start with something really simple…

One thing myself and most other are often guilty of is rushing into a goal that is either far too complicated or requires a lot of effort. Avoid this as much as possible, start with something super simple that required very little effort, but that will help you in some way. I started by switching off the lights when I leave a room, takes literally a second and 9 times out of 10 the light switch is within reach of the door.

 

  1. Set yourself small achievable goals…

Setting goals is the easiest and best way to motivate yourself, however setting goals you fail to achieve are also the easiest way to demotivate yourself. The best way I’ve found to deal with this is to set simple regular goals that are completely within my control, for example with fitness and weight loss goals I’ll set myself a goal of doing as much of a specific exercise I can every day for a week on top of my normal routine, rather than setting a goal of losing X amount of weight by a specific time.

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  1. Hold yourself accountable…

I am a firm believer it takes about 30 days to develop a habit to the point it becomes second nature. Finding a way to hold you accountable will help to motivate you. You could do this by tracking yourself on your phone or a spreadsheet. Personally I use a whiteboard I have hung right next to my bed, which is the first thing I see each morning, and the last thing I see each night, which will remind me of what I need to do.

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  1. Use appropriate rewards…

Rewarding yourself is great, boosts motivation and will ultimately help you to achieve your goal. Be careful though, many rewards may reverse a lot of the progress you’ve made, what’s the point in rewarding yourself for being healthy by eating a huge unhealthy meal at the end of it. Find different rewards, days out, cinema trips etc that won’t affect your progress a huge amount.

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  1. Put in the effort…

Nothing in life is free, and the best things can be difficult to obtain, but it’s worth the effort if it’s something you really want. Put in the work and reap the rewards.