How To Create New Habits In Three Simple Steps
The first step in creating new habits is deciding what you want to do. Whether its breaking a bad habit or initiating a new good habit, you have to start by making a decision to do better. To do this, look at your life and figure out what areas you want and/or need to improve. It could be something like cleaning the kitchen before bed, waking up earlier, getting to work on time, or drinking more water. For me, the simpler the task, the more likely I’m going to keep it up. Then when I get into a good grove, I can build on the simple habit.
The final step to initiating a new habit is making it a part of your routine till it becomes a habit. For example, I want to clean my car out weekly, but really its something I need to do actively everyday as well. I will put it on my weekly schedule (google calendar and my Living Well Planner) to do a thorough cleaning but I will also grab a few things to take inside each time I come home. Placing a reminder card in my car will help me remember to do this! After a few weeks, it will become habitual to take things in the house with me each time I use my car.
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New Habits Reminder Cards
I’ve mentioned these cards a few times in this post. Basically, I wanted something that would catch my eye and remind me what I’m working towards. I had done this with Post-It Notes in the past, but I wanted something a little fancier. That’s how I decided to make these cards!
There are two types of cards on the printable. First, I made two cards to write all three habits on. I keep one on my bathroom mirror and the other one in my planner. I have also put them in journals, my Living Well Planner, and in a book I’m reading as a book mark. In all of these places, I will see the card and be reminded of the habit I’m working on. Keeping it on my mind throughout the day helps keep me accountable. The other cards are individual reminder cards. There are three total, one for each habit. These should be placed where you will see them at the time you should do the habit. I have mentioned locations for these a few times in this post. Another suggestion, if your habit is something you want to do first thing in the morning or last thing at night, put your cards on your bathroom mirror so you’ll see it when you brush your teeth and get ready for the day.
What habits do you want to make or break in 2018?