How to form new habits and stick to it!

by | Jun 27, 2024

Do you find it difficult to start and stick to new habits? There are plenty of ways to make sticking to a new habit easier. Part of continuing a new habit is making it as easy for yourself as possible. I’ve learned the following techniques from the book Atomic Habits.

There is a term called habit stacking, this is when you take an already developed habit and attach a new habit right before/after it. This makes it easier for you to remember to do it by creating a simple reminder and routine with little thought. For example, if you wanted to start doing your skincare every night, you would pick a habit you already do every night (let’s use brushing your teeth as an example) then do it immediately before/after. Example: After I brush my teeth I will complete my skincare routine. 

As mentioned previously, it’s important to make it easy for yourself. If a new habit feels too difficult, it will be harder on you to continue it. Let’s continue using the same example of implementing a skincare routine. Example: Rather than keeping your skincare tucked away where you can’t see it, try keeping it out in the open right next to your toothbrush. This will be a visual cue to remind you to do your skincare routine at the end of the night, as well as make it easier for you to do as you’re doing your established habit.

Another way to continue on with creating a habit and sticking to it, is by creating a reward system. This helps you have something to look forward to and track your progress. Example: after doing skincare every day for a week, allow yourself a treat (extra TV time, ice cream, new skincare product, etc.). I find it’s better to give yourself a reward related to the habit you’re forming to encourage you to continue. This gives you something to look forward to while you’re creating your habit. Then as you hit larger achievements (doing your habit everyday consecutively for a month) you can treat yourself to a larger reward, like a trip to the spa.

Starting and sticking to new habits doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By implementing these techniques, you can make the journey smoother and more enjoyable. You can effectively build and sustain new habits, ultimately leading to lasting positive changes in your life.

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