Creating new habits is as easy or complicated as you make it. And something that I teach in workshops is to make sure that it is something you want to do and not something someone else wants you to do. So when you’re ready to intentionally create change your behavior for the better and create new habits for yourself, whether it is to eat healthier or drink more water, there are three simple things to help you make it easier to create new habits.
Getting into the habit of doing something is often easier said than done. We seem to acquire bad habits without any effort, but getting into a good habit can be a little more challenging.
Let’s break it down into a three-step process that makes it easy to follow until we’ve internalized the new behavior and made it a true habit ñ something we do automatically without having to think about, like brushing our teeth.
Decide What You Want To Do
The first step is to decide what you want that new habit to be. Be as specific as possible. Don’t just tell yourself you want to exercise more. Instead, say something like ìI will go for a 30-minute walk every single day. Deciding what your new habit will be and committing to when and how you’re going to do it, is half the battle.
Remind Yourself To Get It Done
The next few days should be smooth sailing. You’re motivated and excited to get this done. Sticking to your new habit isn’t an issue. But a few days in you’ll notice that it’s easy to slip back into old habits.
Maybe it’s raining and you don’t really want to go out and walk. Or maybe your day just gets away from you. This is when it’s important to have a daily reminder. Set an alert on your phone or add the new habit to your daily to-do list for a while.
Make It Part Of Your Routine Until It Becomes A Habit
This brings us to the last step. It takes some time before a new behavior becomes a true habit. Until then, a routine will work to your best advantage. Even before the new behavior becomes automatic, a routine will help you get it done without having to spend a lot of willpower or relying on daily reminders.
Make that daily walk part of your after-dinner routine, or change from grabbing a snack at the vending machine at work at 10:00 in the morning to packing a healthy snack.
Congratulations! Decide to create the new habit, practice the routine until it’s second nature and you’ll be well on your way to forming a new good habit.
Bonus Tip: Use a tracker to help you check off every day you achieved the new habit and celebrate when you have done it for x-amount of days in succession!