Keeping up with the Habits
It can be tricky to create a new habit and stick with it for a few weeks. After the initial burst of enthusiasm, most people find that they are unable to keep their new habits up. In fact, some studies suggest that half of all resolutions fail by January! Here is a helpful system for keeping up with habits.
Journal Those Thoughts
One of the best ways to keep up with your habits is by keeping a daily journal. Write down each morning, right after you wake up, what habits you are going to work on and how you are doing on them. It’s important, to be honest with yourself here—if you can’t commit 100% to this routine, don’t feel bad about marking “not yet” or even crossing off an entire day as an incomplete effort. The best part about this system is that it gives you a chance to start fresh the next day! If after a few days of writing things down (and not keeping up), pick another habit and try again!
Here is a system for keeping up with habits
- Start by identifying what you want to do.
- Write down the habit, and identify when and where you will do it (e.g., walk for 30 minutes before dinner).
- Next, break the habit into smaller steps. For example, if your goal is to jog for 30 minutes per day, start by planning what time of day would be most convenient for jogging; then decide on a route that’s safe for jogging and within walking distance from home; finally pick out some basic gear such as running shoes or sneakers, shorts or pants with pockets for keys/phone/money, etc., a water bottle (or two), hat or visor if needed in hot weather (and sunscreen!), etc…
As you’ve probably noticed, we’re big fans of the idea of keeping up with your habits. In fact, we think it’s one of the most important tools you can use when it comes to living a more fulfilling life. And while there are many different ways that people keep track of their daily activities and routines—from writing them down on paper to using apps like Habitica or Coach.me—we hope that this article has given you some insight into how you can do it best for yourself! From here on out, no matter what method works best for each individual person, we encourage everyone reading this article to make sure they have some sort of strategy in place so they don’t fall off track again when things get busy (because believe us: they always will).