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Tips for Forming Good Habits

Lately, I’ve been working on forming some better habits. Some are small, and some require more time an energy. Either way, it can be hard to incorporate new habits into daily life, so I thought I might share some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way to help you in your attempt to live a better life.

Place items you need in order to form this habit in a visible place. For example, if your goal is to read for 30 minutes after waking up, place the book on your nightstand by your alarm clock or whatever you look at first thing in the morning. This reminds you to plan for this at night and reminds you to actually read in the morning. If you want to exercise more, leave your exercise gear somewhere visible so it constantly reminds you.

Set an alarm that tells you to practice the habit you’re working on. If your goal is to drink more water, set an alarm on your phone reminding you to drink water once every hour or every other hour. If your goal is to go to bed earlier, create an alarm for this. Seeing that alarm pop up will remind you that this is a habit you’re working on and that you’ve decided to do it at this specific time.

Create a goal or a deadline for yourself. Setting a deadline for a goal can push you to work on your goal as quickly as possible. If you want to learn a new skill or work on a habit, think about how long it might take you and decide to finish it by that amount of time. Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t master a new habit as quickly as you thought you would, though. Chances are that you’re at least farther along than you were in the beginning.

Track your progress. You don’t have to get super detailed, but keeping track of what you’re working on can be encouraging and can keep you motivated. There are two ways that you can do this. (Okay, there are probably more, but these are the two I’ve tried.)

You can either keep track of the progress you’re making (how much weight you’ve lost, how many pages you’ve written, etc.) or you can keep track of how much time you’re spending working toward your goal.

Maybe your priority isn’t to lose a certain amount of weight or to read a certain amount of books. Maybe you just want to spend more time outdoors or spend more time by yourself reading a book. This is why it can help to keep track of the time instead of the progress. Do whichever one works better for you.

Hopefully one of these applies to a hobby that you’re working on developing. If you try one or more of these out, let me know how it goes!

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