Habits are tasks we do regularly on auto-pilot, we don’t really think about doing them, we just do.
The reason we like to remove undesired habits and integrate better ones is that we like to improve ourselves. We strive to be greater than we once were
“These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions” – Aristotle
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” – Will Durant
A great way to keep note of your habits, and how well they’re sticking, is a habit tracker. Habits are the repetitive little steps you need to take to achieve your goals. Whether they’re life goals, monthly goals, or even weekly goals, a habit tracker is a useful tool to help you accomplish them.
When trying to break a bad habit, I find it helpful to think about why I do it in the first place, and how I can help myself to stop doing it or make it harder to do.
For example: If I wanted to be less dependant on caffeine I might focus on getting enough sleep. If I wanted to stop using my phone first thing in the morning I could charge it in another room overnight.
When trying to incorporate a new habit you might find habit stacking useful. Think of a habit you already have around the same time you want to implement the new one, now every time you do your established habit do the new one too.
For example: If you want to start remembering your medicines in the morning and evening, stack it on top of the habit of brushing your teeth. Every time you brush your teeth is now your trigger to take your medicine. Once you do both of those on auto-pilot you can stack another habit on too. Just don’t try to start too many new habits at once because it’s easier for them to slip.
I think the best tip I could give you is this: don’t worry about being perfect. There is a good chance that you won’t make your new habits stick right away, and that’s OK.
What habits are you working on right now?