A Plan To Make Habits Stick
Making any new habit stick can be tough not only to squeeze it in to your busy schedule but to find some happiness from it as well isn't always achievable. Over the past month or two things behind the screen have been a little sporadic, I've been feeling a lack of motivation lifestyle / blog / creativity wise and this hasn't been helped with a terrible sleep pattern but with September here it's reminiscent of the new school year and fresh starts. So with that in mind this is the month to inject a new way of thinking and how to navigate my everyday like an actual productive human. Here are some ways I'm going to try and put into action my plans, what tips can you give to others wanting to introduce new things? Or what habits have you executed with success?
Start As You Mean To Go On
One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when implementing new ideologies and strategies into your routine is to actually begin. It's becomes so easy (and safe) to put it off till the next day and the tomorrow for that new thing never comes whether it be lack of confidence, the fear of starting all over again or simply nervous can want you to make excuses so it's finding the gumption to stride out. Keeping up the momentum to soldier on can be difficult at times especially if progress is on the slower side but this can also mean you're allowed to celebrate success and incentives that make the habits a little sweeter. For example I'm trying to enforce a new gym routine that means an earlier wake up time but hopefully can set up the day for a more positive outlook so buying a few new gym items can serve as a treat and some motivation.
Play With A Routine That Fits & That Is Doable
Starting out simple and trying to find ways to mesh your projects together can make the transition more seamless but it can take a bit of trial and error to perfect. One schedule may work for one person brilliantly whilst the same set of routines may not suit another. It's about identifying what have you, what you need and what you want to achieve from any other aspects to choose to add in to your lifestyle. Sometimes it can mean you take a step back and admit you're not quite the super-amazing-talented-human this current culture expects us to be 100% of the time. It can mean you chop and change what you already know and replace with something that can be more engaging.
Be Imperfect & Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself
In a below point I'll touch upon letting yourself a few cheats every now and again but whilst you can still be responsible for how you incorporate new habits it's also important to remember that you're allowed a break and a balance in whatever you do. Saying no can be so hard to repeatedly keep up but I was always taught everything in moderation can be good for you but to excess can be harder to break that reliance. The easiest example is attempting to be more considerate of my diet as it's an important factor in your physical and mental health, not only am I trying to make a few more healthy choices but also I'm trying not to let my love of what I like run away with me - finding a happy medium which is hard as I'm a massive potato and bread lover (yum) without a great deal of variety. Variety is something I lack. To help with this it could be about removing temptation before you feel yourself wandering, still relating to food I used to have a treat / snack drawer which was constantly stocked with goodies however as I blog, sleep, photograph, relax and generic existing in my room it made it all to easy to dip into the drawer and slob out. After cutting this out there's been a noticable difference in how I perceive my singular space. However it's not all about our diet choices, if you want to take a break from the gym or take the time to read a book or not finish tomorrow's blog post you can do.
Run This As An Experiment (For A Month?)
Unfortunately not everything can go as you envisaged and somethings work better than others. Keeping yourself on track with your goals can seem overwhelming and when some practices don't take hold as fast as others, it can seem a little demoralising moving forward. Writing down your initial intentions and holding yourself accountable for your own actions be it the good or allowing a few guilty pleasures to slip through can mean it's all on you. Writing down your initial goals means you have something to measure against and look back on analysing the good and the processes that didn't work as well as hoped, which can help you break down why it hasn't gone to plan for whatever reason and can give you steps to rerouting your end result to something you're happier with.
How do you make new habits stick around?