I’m so excited to be announcing that for January I’ll be holding a 31-day #newyearnewhabits challenge!
The idea of the challenge is to pick your habit, and check-in with us daily to keep yourself (and me) on track with it.
To get you off to the best start, here are some helpful tips on how to build new habits.
Choosing Your Habit
Think carefully about what habit you want to incorporate in your life. Don’t just pick something you think you should be doing, choose a habit that will add value to your life in one way or another. Such as: waking up earlier so you can be more productive. Drinking more water to promote your health. Meditating for some mental relaxation. Getting at least 30 minutes of movement in your day.
What’s even better is if your new habit aligns with one of your goals or new years resolutions. Like writing for half an hour a day for that book you’ve been meaning to start since goodness knows when.
TIP: Just choose one habit to focus on. You’re more likely to stick to one single change at a time rather than trying to overhaul your entire lifestyle in one go.
Determine Your Trigger
Habits have triggers. Maybe that trigger is usually having a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up, or brushing your teeth when you’re getting ready for bed.
Figure out what will be your trigger for getting this habit moving.
You could put up a sticky note where you’ll see it to remind you each morning. Maybe it’s an alarm on your phone, or an existing habit you could stack it against. For example: drinking a glass of water before every meal.
Know Your Enemy
There’s a reason this habit never stuck before. Something always happened that distracted you, it was too hard, it wasn’t “the right time”, or maybe it even was just really boring.
Knowing what has set you back in the past can help you achieve in the future. If you get distracted by your phone, or life in general, make sure you practise the habit as soon as you can in the morning before anything else happens. Make it easy on yourself. If you’re mostly sedentary now, you’ll likely struggle to keep up with an intense exercise regime. Aim for a bitesize chunk to make it easier. If it’s boring, try to schedule it with something more entertaining at the same time. I like listening to podcasts or ebooks while I’m cleaning, for instance.
Get Right Back On That Horse
You might slip up, and that’s OK. I repeat that is OK!
Just jump back in with your new habit like nothing happened.
Look at it this way, if you slip up and miss 6 days in the next 31, but get right back at it the next day, that’s still 25 days you’ve been kicking this habits’ butt
However, if you slip after 6 days and don’t get back to it, that’s 25 days that this habit has been gathering dust, not being done.
TIP: if you do miss a day, ask yourself why. It’s worth considering if you can tweak your routine of when you do the habit to avoid the same thing happening again.
Have A Reward In Sight
You may want an extra bit of motivation, rather than just achieving the habit itself. That’s fine as long as it gets you where you want to be and doesn’t hinder your progress.
Your reward could be:
- a new fun playlist or podcast
- sharing your progress with people who will cheer you on
- having a pamper day by using some of that new sweet-smelling stuff you got for Christmas, or use some of the things you already have but save for “special occasions”
- putting a bit of money in a savings jar whenever you perform the habit so you can get yourself something you’ll enjoy
- carving out some alone time to read a book or watch a film
- carving out some time with friends and family to do something fun together (even with current restrictions due to Coronavirus you can still do fun things virtually with your loved ones).
I’m so excited to do this 31-day challenge with you, and I can’t wait to see our results.
Until then, take care of yourselves.