We’re almost half way through September and I thought it would be a good time to update this post! I originally wrote this post in December 2017, after realizing I hardly even tried to accomplish any of the goals I set in January. I am happy to report that I have done much better this year! I think the secret to my success is in creating better habits that can contribute to my long term goals instead of focusing on big resolutions.
After realizing how badly I had failed to work towards any of my goals in 2017, I felt a lot of emotions. Sadness, hate, resentment, fear, disappointment. Once I stopped pitying myself and making excuses, I decided to figure out how to make some real changes. This is when I decided to work on creating some good habits.
In 2018 I focused on creating new good habits and improving some good habits I already had. These included keeping my house tidy, doing yoga every night before bed, and consistent meal planning. I’m excited to start thinking about what changes I want to make in my life over the next year. That’s the cool thing about habits. When you put energy towards creating a few good habits, and it becomes easier to create more good habits. On the other hand, if you put energy towards bad habits, it becomes easier and easier to sink into those bad habits and let them take over your life. So let’s focus on those good habits!

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 next step in creating good habits (or breaking bad ones) is to remind yourself to get it done. There are many ways to do this, so decide which way is best for your lifestyle and personality. For me, I need multiple reminders to keep me accountable. I like to have a digital reminder in my Google Calendar, usually with a notification to remind me when to do it. I also put my reminder cards where I will see them and be reminded. Last, when possible I schedule time to do whatever habit I’m working on in my Living Well Planner. These three things seem to be the perfect system for me, but you might not need as many reminders!

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?

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