How to make new habits stick?

You, me, and almost everyone wants to change something in their life. To help with it, I created a habit tracker, which will allow you to change a desire to a habit, you won’t even think about. Just making a decision is not enough. Heres why.

It can go wrong

Just starting a habit is easier said than done. You have to form a habit, an almost automatic behaviour for your body or mind. Because:

“Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going.”

Jim Ryun

Creating one can go wrong. But that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. I tried to pick up excersizing around three times. The “but” is very important. If you think “I can’t do it” always add a “but”, ex. “but if I try again and again, I’ll be able to”, “I can’t exercise, cause I’m always out of breath, but if I go for a walk every day, I’ll build endurance”.

What to do to make it work

The last example also shows a good habit to implement. It’s not vague (“Exercise every day”) and is so simple that everyone can do it. Too difficult habits make you dislike and skip them for various reasons, not always reasonable. that doesn’t mean you have to make only simple habits. Better to pace yourself, and increment at least every 2 or more weeks. Start with walking 10 minutes daily, after that make it 20 minutes, maybe after that do nordic or speed walking, then intervals of walking and light jogging. Increment at your pace, but start small and humble.

One of the best things you can do when starting is to write it down in a tracker, and commit to it. Don’t skip a day. If you do, wonder if it can be avoided, and maybe double down the next day. Skiping is bad, but making a habit to do something once, twice a week is worse. It’s much easier to skip, and not ingrain it into your behavior.

What can you write in your Habit Tracker? This month I’m trying to learn to relax myself more, and here’s what I have in mine:

  • No sweeets
  • Drink 2 liters of water
  • Meditate
  • Workout and stretch
  • Use stairs whenever possible
  • Read books for 30 minutes
  • Sleep at least 7 hours a day

There are many more hints, tips, and tricks to make a habit stick. Tell me if you’re interested and I’ll try to go more in depth soon :)