You want to start a new habit. The trouble is, after a few days, you get bored and you don’t want to do it anymore. So you give up, and a year later you wonder why you failed at this wonderful new habit.
It’s the same with learning a new skill or hobby. People ask me all the time how long did it take for me to learn to crochet and knit. I’m still learning! I’m always looking for new skills to learn. The reason I’m as good as I am is because I practiced. I practiced the same stitch over and over again until I felt I mastered it. Then I challenged myself. And I kept practicing.
But it’s easy to practice something you love. It’s easy to do it day after day. But exercise – Nope. I’ve never liked exercise. Okay, that isn’t true. I used to love running. Stretching my legs, feeling the pavement under my shoes. Running along to rock. Knowing that while I’m not the fastest person in the world, at least I was good at running. I had good running form. I practiced running every chance I got when I was younger. Now, not so much.
If you want to succeed at a new habit, say – looking at your planner every day, you have to practice until it becomes second nature. Start by scheduling a set time every day. “I’m going to review tomorrow’s events during dessert tonight.” Do this every night for a couple weeks. Actually do it, not just say you’re going to do it. Reward yourself for sticking to it for those 2 weeks. Buy a new pen or some shiny stickers. Nothing that’s going to break the bank. Then set a new goal. Maybe for 2 more weeks. Keep doing this until it becomes so much a part of your daily schedule, you’ll feel lost if you forget one night. Trust me, it happens.
Having problems getting started those first 2 weeks? Get an accountability partner. *Raises hand* I’m a good accountability partner.
Get a habit tracker for your planner. I can make you one.
The key is practice. Once you get this habit down cold, add another. Like meal planning for the week.
But don’t try to add 6 different habits all at the same time. You’ll get frustrated, forget one and then say “SCREW IT” and give up on everything.
One habit at a time. One day at a time. Baby steps. Practice.
I have faith in you.
What’s your new habit you’re going to add to your life? Comment below!