It's almost the end of the year. Have you assessed your habits lately? Have you changed any of them?
We don't often change our habits. We tend to stick to them like glue. We say we are going to start the new year and change some habits, but do we really? Not many of us do. So, before the end of the year, we are going to look at one habit and decide how will we change it. To help you, this monthly organizing challenge is about setting new habits.
Why do we need to set new habits?
There are many reasons for why we need to set new habits. Here are a few. It will help improve our health and emotional stability. It will help us do more things in a shorter amount of time. It will also help us enjoy our life more.
How do I begin this challenge?
Pick one habit you want to change. I am not going to say "bad" habit because I don't want you to think that all habits are bad. Some may just not be as effective or productive as others. We tend to assume that habits are bad and in turn judge ourselves for doing them.
These habits do not need to be extravagant or life altering. It needs to be something you can change over a month. Here are some suggestions:
- Stop eating before you go to bed.
- Eat more veggies.
- Eat more fruit.
- Pick up stuff left at the doorway every night and put it away.
- Go through your mail every day and recycle the unwanted mail.
- Clear out your work computer inbox each day.
While doing research on this topic, I found this great video by BJ Fogg that will explain why you need to pick small habits to change.
Determine why you want to change this habit.
Why do you want to change that habit? Does the habit not work for you? What is it that you don't like about the habit?
Now that you have determined your habit to change, how to stick to your new habit?
First, you need to remind yourself of the new habit. So, you need to create a "trigger" for the good habit. For example, add the new habit after something you have been doing already, like after I brush my teeth, I will floss. The new habit will be daily flossing. By doing this, it will become a routine. Next, you will need to create a motivation to do this, like it will help bring down the cost of my dental visits which will help me save money.
Here is another video with BJ Fogg that will give you more guidance.
I hope this helps motivate you to change your habits. Good luck on this month's challenge. Let me know what habit you want to change and how it goes. Please leave a comment below.