They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, but how to make that first step? I’m no stranger to procrastination and afternoon naps, especially with my ADHD (you don’t want to see my screen time right now). I’ve reached out to my productive friends and asked: how do YOU form a new habit?
- Set yourself an intention for the day!
Put your journal next to your bed so the first thing you do in the morning is to set an intention. This can be a gratitude list or to-do’s for the day, all that matters is that you start the day with introspection and a goal in mind!
- Progress, not perfection!
Whatever habit you’re trying to form, consistency is key. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day as long as you get back to it in the next couple of days! Your plans should just be guides for your day. You’re much more likely to stick to your routine if you are kind to yourself.
- Have some to be accountable to!
Tell your friends and family about the new habit you’re trying to form. There’s nothing like some pressure to perform once you let other’s know! When I quit sugar for 30 days I posted about it on social media, and when I signed up for races I let everyone know and asked them to check up on my process. Just knowing they might ask me made sure that I went for a run that day!
- Don’t leave a void!
If you’re trying to break a habit, you will have to substitute the behaviour with something new. Trying to quit cigarettes but not having a plan in place for when the cravings hit will be even rougher. Is there a reward you can set up for yourself, something that ensures a dopamine hit?
- Are you at peace with yourself?
You’re much more likely to reach your goal and stick with it if you’re emotionally happy. If there is something major bugging you, something you’ve been trying to repress and not deal with, that should be your priority. It’s easy to want to throw yourself into self-betterment, but that should start with your mental health first!
Remember: it’s completely normal to be struggling right now. There’s days when I wake up early and am productive right away, and on other days I sleep til noon and watch the Kardashians all day. Here’s a post about 5 tips to work from home that might prove useful, and another post for creatives struggling with structure.
Whatever you do, take it easy, and be kind to yourself!