Simple Hacks to Help you build new habits
If you want to build new habits, check out these simple hack to get you going! Sometimes starting a new habit is the hardest part.
Despite our best efforts and intentions, sometimes building new habits doesn’t go the way we plan. Maintaining our own well-being while the rest of the world is hustling and bustling around us just makes it even more challenging. Habits are difficult to develop but easy to think of, which is why I put together this list of simple hacks to help you build new habits.
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Turn it into a challenge
There is a reason why seven day or even 30-day challenges are so effective. By turning your new habit into a challenge, you are setting yourself a goal to work on it each day. It takes about 21 days to develop a new habit, so if you want it to stick, try creating a 21-day challenge for yourself and schedule it in.
Get yourself accountable and make it public
It’s easy to give up when things are hard, and when it becomes difficult to reach your goal. The best way to combat this is by making your habits public. Tell others that you are trying to eat healthier, journal more, or whatever habit you want to create. Not only will this make you more accountable for your goals, but you now have that public outing of your habit to make it harder to quit.
Incorporate it into a habit you already have
One of the most effective ways to start building new habits is to incorporate them into existing habits that you’re already doing. For example, let’s say that you’re trying to start doing more meal prepping to help you eat healthier. The best way to ensure that you stick with this habit is to incorporate it into something you’re already doing. This could be as simple as doing it right when you go to unload groceries or while you’re meal planning.
Keep it simple
Successful habits are the simple ones. The more difficult you make it to stick with your habit, the harder it will be to do. For example, if you are going from never working out a day in your life to doing a variety of classes and workouts each day, you will be unlikely to stick with it. Instead, tell yourself that you will work out a set amount of time each week, then leave the workout a little more flexible. This will give you options to work with, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.
Give yourself consequences for messing up
If your actions have no consequences, you will have a more challenging time staying motivated. This is especially true if your new habit isn’t something you’re particularly excited for. To help with this, give yourself a consequence for not sticking with it or not doing it. Take away TV time, or no dessert. These little consequences will make sure you don’t slip up again.
As you can see, starting a new habit doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, with a little extra push, there is no goal too big! Creating and implementing new habits isn’t easy, but with a bit of extra work and some help, you can reach any goal you set your mind to.
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