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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ways to Make New Habits Stick

With small amounts of initial discipline, you can create a new habit that requires little effort to maintain.  here are some tips for creating new habits and making them stick:

Commit to 30 days - Three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic.  If you can make it through the initial conditioning phase, it becomes much easier to sustain.  A month is a good block of time to commit to a change because it fits the calendar.

Make It Daily -Consistency is critical if you want to make a habit stick.  If you want to start journaling, do it every day for the first 30 days because it makes it easier to form ahabit  and lock it in to your routine.

Start Simple -Don't get over-enthusiastic and take on too much.

Reminders- write down the goal to create a new habit and refer to your note several times a day, ie., sticky notes placed around your space.

Be Consistent -write in your journal at the same time every day for the first 30 days and the time of day becomes a reminder to write.

Change negative habits with positive habits which will relace the need for distraction for instance, replace television watching with a good book.

Embrace Imperfection

Remove temptation like stopping cable vision for a few months to change your television habits.

Role models like Thoreau  who kept extensive journals of his experience at Walden Pond.

Treat your habit change as an experiment in finding the benefits of keeping a journal because experiments can't fail, they just produce results which will give you perspective on the value of journaling.

Write it down to make your idea clear and focused,  SMART goals.

Notice the benefits you gain from your new habit.

Know the losses of not changing the habits, aa journal is a storage place to create extra  memory power.

Make sure to want ythe benefits of the change and not make it another "should"...