Creating new habits isn’t easy. Here are six simple hacks that will make it a little easier. Use them until you’ve internalized the new habit and don’t need them anymore.
SIMPLE HACK #1: Schedule It And Put It On The To-Do List
Sometimes we forget to do that new thing we were trying. Maybe we forget that we’re supposed to be skipping brekkie (you Intermittent Faster, you!), having eggs and avocado for lunch instead of a stack of waffles, or that we need to get that daily walk in.
Schedule your new habits or make them part of your daily to-do list until they become something you do automatically.
SIMPLE HACK #2: Make It Public and Be Accountable
Let family and friends know what new habits you’re trying to establish. They will call you out if you don’t stick to your plan and get you back on track.
You may even go as far as sharing it publicly on Facebook or write a blog about your new journey. Knowing that others read it and know about it might be just enough to keep you going when you feel like throwing in the towel.
I do this when I’m creating a new nutrition or fitness program. I announce that it’s “coming soon” so I keep working diligently to get it finished and ready for clients.
SIMPLE HACK #3: Piggyback On A Habit You Already Have
This is my absolute FAVE way to create new habits, cuz 1/2 the work is already done for me 😉
Whenever possible, add the new habit to one you already have. For example, if you fix a cup of mushroom hot cacao at 4pm, and you want to get in the habit of taking the woof for his daily walk, make the new ritual to go for your walk and then come back and enjoy your sweet treat.
It’s much easier to amend an existing habit or ritual than creating an entirely new one.
SIMPLE HACK #4: Make Slip-ups Costly
Remember the “swear jar” when you were growing up? Here’s a fun spin on that idea.
Put a jar on the kitchen counter and each time you slip back into your bad habit or forget to stick to the new one you have to put five dollars in the jar. It will quickly help you remember to skip that sugary food and motivate you to go out for that walk.
For extra motivation donate the money to charity at the end of the month or hand it over to your spouse to go spend on him or herself.
SIMPLE HACK #5: Find A Partner and Help Each Other Along
Find someone with the same or similar goal. This could be a workout partner or a healthy eating buddy. Keep tabs on each other and encourage each other to keep going.
It’s much harder to skip a walk if you know someone else is depending on you being there.
SIMPLE HACK #6: Make It A Group Challenge
If one accountability partner is good, a whole group is even better. And they don’t even need to be local. Find a supportive group online and challenge each other to stick to your new habit for the next 30 days or so. Not wanting to be the first one to give up will keep all of you going until you establish that new habit.
Give these simple little hacks a try. Keep using the ones that you find helpful until you have made new habits you can stick with without the help of any tools or support.
Let’s take this one step further and tie in our regular routines with willpower and creating new habits:
Make It A Habit – The Benefit Of A Routine & Habit Filled Day
Do you have notice that it gets harder to make decisions toward the end of the day? You’re too tried to figure out what to have for dinner or what to watch on TV. That’s because we all have a finite amount of decisions that we can make in any given day.
Knowing that helps us prioritize. We can cut out a lot of decision making by implementing habits and routines. That way we save them for the important stuff. It also frees brain space for more creative and productive thinking. Routines are a great tool that simplify our lives and cut out a lot of our daily stress.
Chances are you already have a morning routine. You get up, you get your coffee, read the paper or check email and fix some toast before heading into the shower. Let’s expand on that. If you create a “uniform” for yourself, you don’t even have to think about what to wear. You just grab a pair of pants and a shirt, or a skirt, tights and sweater and off you.
Implement some routines into your workday wherever possible.
Meal planning helps you figure out what meals to fix and eat. A cleaning schedule makes sure you stay on track with your household chores without you having to spend any valuable decision making skills in the process.
Wrap your day up with a bedtime routine that not only helps when you’re too tired to make smart choices, it also helps you fall asleep more easily. What works for kids works for you as well.
Start by doing a few chores that make the next morning easier. Making sure the kitchen is clean and the the coffee maker/kettle are ready to go for the morning are great examples. Come up with a few calming things that help you slow down and get ready for sleep. Read a book, listen to some music or wind down with a cup of herbal tea.
Sit down with a pen and piece of paper and think about what parts of your day and week you can turn into routines. Write the down and create daily to-do lists for yourself until you’ve established these new habits and routines.
Spending a little bit of time creating routines and habits will make your day run a lot smoother. You might just find yourself less stressed and get more done during your productive hours. And that’s a beautiful thing. It allows you to save plenty of decision making for the fun stuff like figuring out what park to go to, what family movie to watch or what board game to play.
How did you like this series on creating healthy habits?
Write down a few, then commit to one new habit every 1-2 weeks until you get through them all. Make sure to leave a comment here on the blog and let me know for added accountability!
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