How Do I Create Good Personal Habits?

How to make good personal habits.

Start small.

It is easy if you want to start a good habit you just don’t go overboard. I once had a friend who was so excited about working out and wanting to lose a ton of weight that quit two days later. He bought all this gym gear and spend 2 hours at the gym each day, then the third day he got busy and stopped going. The trick is to start small, if you are going to start working out, exercise for 20 minutes each day, do not go overboard. Work your way up to 45 minutes, it is good to keep a balance.

Keep going.

At the end of the day write down if you did your new habit or not. See how many days in a row you can keep doing your habit for. You are basically doing it so much that it becomes you. Keep it up! The creators of SnapChat are geniuses, they have a counter for people who send each other pictures every day. People are using their app every day because the two people communicating want to keep their streak alive.

Know what you are doing.

You cannot be vague about the change you want to see in your life. If you want to stop smoking you can’t say I am going to try and not smoke 20 cigarettes a day. You have to have concrete plans like, “Everyday this week I am only going to smoke 10 cigarettes a day, then every week after that I am going to smoke one less until I stop smoking.” Have a good plan is a part of succeeding in anything in life.

Use your habits to work together. Now that you are going to be smoking less you can start running because you can breathe better. You can say, “If I get this work done, then I can go run.” “If I do not smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, then I can exercise better today.” “When I get home I will not smoke, but I will go for a job instead.” Make your life better by compounding your good habits.

Schedule, schedule, schedule. The more you schedule your good habits the more they will get done. If you do not schedule something in your day then you are lost and it will never get done. How can I find time in my day to go to the gym if I don’t schedule a time to go?

Celebrate.

Take some time to congratulate yourself on breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones. It is better to think positively about your new habits. Give yourself some credit and use this as motivation to keep going.

Change your living space.

If you want to eat healthier at home then take all the junk food off the counter, in fact just throw it in the trash. If you want to stop drinking alcohol then get all of it out of the house. Like I said before you do not want to be extreme about it at first but take it out of the house as slowly as possible and don’t buy more. Clean your house so you feel good about being home, that is where you recharge and your reality comes from.

Be proactive.

If you want to go to the gym in the morning before work then set your alarm early and go to bed early. It doesn’t work if you go to bed at the regular time. You have to give yourself some breathing room. Being proactive and on time to things always feels better. For some reason, we think that we are missing out on something if we do not drop what we are doing and move on to the next task.  Have your gym bag ready to go well before you plan to go to sleep, have it in your mind that you are going to the gym no matter what.