The problem with healthy habits is that they’re generally not as much fun as unhealthy ones. So how do you make your commitments stick? How do you get yourself to do something that sucks now for a bigger pay off in the future?
Here's my 2-step method:
- Make a plan.
- Stick to it.
Simple. But not easy.
First, you have to make a really good plan. Let’s take practicing 15 minutes of yoga, 3 times a week as our example.
1. Make it small and manageable.
This is one of the basic premises of Yoga 15 so I’ve done this step for you. Everybody has 15 minutes.
2. Work out your why.
Ask yourself why this habit is important to you. Will 15 minutes of yoga relieve you from debilitating back pain, make you faster at your sport, improve your sleep or give you some much-needed calm and clarity in your otherwise stressful day? When you’re tempted to skip a session, think back to why you made this commitment in the first place.
3. Schedule your habit.
Decide when and where you’re going to do your session and stick to it. It could be first thing in the morning, on your lunch break or in the evening before bed. If you don’t lock down a time and place, it will be very hard to summon the motivation enough times to make it a habit.
4. Be consistent.
Consistency is key to achieving and maintaining momentum. You may have to skip a session for some reason but make a promise to yourself not to miss more than 2 in a row. It’s much harder to start a new habit than to maintain an existing one.
5. Track your progress.
Tracking can be incredibly effective in the beginning as it acts as an additional reminder and creates a positive feedback loop of self-efficacy (that sense of, "you got this"). An habit tracking app on your phone is an easy way to do this.
6. Start now.
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