Good habits and how to make them a part of your life
4 minute read | 01.30.2021 |
I guarantee at least once you’ve tried to do something and make it a normal thing.
Like go on a diet and do something about the “awful situation”.
Am I right?
And what happened?
You probably forgot about that diet in a matter of days. Or less!
People have a really hard time forming habits that would benefit them.
Seems like it would be easy to form a good habit, right?
If you’re someone struggling to form a good habit you’ve come to the right place.
Because today we’re going to learn how to form some of the most popular beneficial habits.
Time to make life a little better.
Habit number one: exercise more
Exercise is insanely good for both your physical and mental health.
So, it’s easy to see why this is number one.
But, it’s also one of the hardest habits to form taking about 66 days of regular exercise for it to stick according to research at the University College London.
How can we form this habit easily without forgetting about it in a few days?
Keeping motivated is key since it takes so long to form the habit.
Here’s how you’re going to do it.
You’re going to grab one of those flip calendars and carry it with you everywhere you go. Slap a giant “X” on any date that you exercise.
Habit number two: read everyday
Why wouldn’t you want to read more?
Reading makes your brain better by increasing creativity, decision making, and improves your memory.
Awesome. So how can we form this habit?
I learned a great tip from Derek Halpern of Social Triggers and I used it to form my reading habit.
He said to pick up a book and read 10 minutes as soon as you wake up and then later read 10 minutes before you go to sleep.
Do this every day and soon your habit will be formed. Keep adding time each day and eventually you’ll be reading books in days.
Make sure when you start you pick books on the topics you enjoy because that will make it easier.
The calendar tells no lies, so this is the perfect way to stay honest with yourself and encourage you to keep up the exercise.
Do NOT keep checking the scale. It’s the easiest way to become de-motivated.
Habit number three: better financials
Who doesn’t want to extra money in their pocket at the end of the week?
Too many people try to cut back on spending to save money, but that usually never holds up.
Instead I’m going to break down some basic finances for you.
Get an automatic withdrawal from your paycheck into your 401k and your savings account. Make this approximately 5 percent of your total income.
In order to build better credit, try paying most of your payments with a credit card. The key is to have one day be the day you pay your credits off. Mine is the 28th of every month. And definitely make sure you have enough to make payments before purchase.
A great service that I use is the Mint app. It tracks all your financials and can send you updates to your inbox if you spend too much or have insufficient funds.
If your bank allows it, sign up for text message alerts. Each time my account gets below a certain point I know instantly. I also get a text every Wednesday and Saturday with my bank balance.
Use these tips to form habits without fail
Avoid cognitive overload. In other words, don’t try to pick up a hard habit all at once. Take exercising for example. Don’t try to go to the gym every single day especially if you are just starting out. Go every other day or every three days and eventually work yourself to going every day. Just make sure to set a reminder for yourself so that you remember to go!
Make things easier for yourself. Eliminate the “I can’t do this because blah blah blah…” by removing the friction between you and the habit. Example time: lay out your clothes for the gym the night before or keep the floss on the bathroom counter.
Write stuff down. A study by the American Psychological Association stated that drug addicts were able to complete a 5 paragraph essay and 90 percent more likely to turn it in just by writing down where and when they would do it. In the diet example, monitoring everything you eat will allow you much higher levels of self-control.
Positive reinforcement is your new best friend. Punishment is not the best way to reinforce your goals. Each time you have made an effort toward your habit give yourself a small reward. By punishing yourself after making one or two mistakes your brain is more likely to fail at forming the habit. Stay positive.
It’s time to go do some work!
But first, if you’ve got any tips on forming good habits that aren’t in this article feel free to leave me a comment.
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