All of us have at least one area in our life that we would like to improve or completely change. Whether it be to eat healthier, exercise more, or create more time in our day for what we love to do. You fill in the blank of what you’d like to achieve. I personally would like to be motivated to work out daily. I used to so I know it is possible. I just got out of the habit.
Habit Is The Key Word
A habit is defined as a behavior that you routinely do. Such as dinner is always served at 6:00 or you routinely have two cups of coffee in the morning. These behaviors are necessary but you have conditioned yourself to them. It is just what you do.
How Long Does It Take To Form A New Habit
Contrary to popular belief a new habit is not automatically formed in 21 days or 3 weeks. Devastating news I know. So don’t be disappointed if you mess up and fall off the wagon because you didn’t stick with your new habit. Just climb back on and start again.
A new habit or behavior takes time to incorporate into your daily routine. This can be anywhere between 2 months to six months. Depends on your consistency. Just don’t give up if this is something you truly want.
Anything new needs to done on a consistent basis. I believe daily is best but do what works best for you. If that means every other day or 3 days a week, Just be consistent.
To begin choose your most productive time of day. For me that is first thing in the morning. I am refreshed and ready to take on a challenge.
Then choose on what days you will work on your new activity. For me this is daily.
Set a time limit for the activity. This will make it easier to see progress. If you know you only have to do said activity for a short amount of time, it is more achievable. Like menu planning, only work on it for x amount of minutes. If you aren’t finished walk away anyway. Come back to it on your next scheduled work time.
Write it down. Whether it be in a life planner or calendar, write what you want to accomplish and when. This will hold you accountable and be used as a progress report. How better to reward yourself than to see the strides you have made.
5 Tips To Achieve Your Goals
- Choose what you want to achieve
- Decide how often you will do this activity
- Be consistent
- Write down your schedule
- Track your progress
Before you know it, you will have achieved your new habit. It wasn’t even that hard.
Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.