Building right habits in your life are essential for creating the life you want. For example, exercising 3 times a week might be good for your weight loss, but curating a lifestyle around walking 10000 steps every single day, one day at the time is more rewarding than just working out to lose weight once or twice or until we get the right result. You can set any little positive things you want as habits, as after a while it really shapes your routine and grounds the activity in your head – so you won’t even have to think about it.
It doesn’t have to be anything challenging at first – give it a try for a month with tracking small little things that you already doing most days and wish that you’d be doing them every day without much hassle – because you’ll be used to it and still reap all the benefits.
It’s actually something I learned from Jerry Seinfeld. That’s the method behind his massive creative success: each January he hangs large year-at-glance type of calendar on the wall and, for every day he writes new material he puts across a big red X. As you can imagine, it’s a quite satisfying thing, so after a while, he started creating chains of red Xs.
The idea is to never break that chain.
Obviously, this method is perfect for perfecting the craft of writing. But it can be applied to pretty much everything – as learning everything on the base level works pretty much the same in the whole universe.
I recommend you to start small, but always have a picture of a big goal that you work towards because micro goals are most effective when paired with the right ‘why’. Also, if the habits are very challenging for you, you can always split it up in two – you still get to tick one box and create momentum to push you out of your comfort zone gradually. So, for example, if you have a problem with sitting still while meditating and really want to build up to 20 minutes of meditation, instead of divide it into two segments – 10min and 10 min and do it twice a day, for example at night and in the morning. Try if possible, never to miss it twice in the row, because more time it passes between one session and the next one, it becomes less likely you will do it at all.
Also, take care and be patient. Change of character doesn’t come easy, but only habits can shape your character. This way you will mature in a way of choosing a big, rewarding goal, instead of choosing instant gratification which makes you happy temporarily, but doesn’t really makes you fulfilled.
It’s important to pick something positive like for example: drinking 2 liters of water a day.
To give you some examples, mine are:
• Cold shower
• Skincare routine – morning and evening
• 10000 steps
• Reading 10 pages of a book or more
• Taking Vitamins (Vitamin D in a large dosage in Winter Season)
As you can see most of those are very helpful with depression, so I’m really trying to do it every single day, religiously, as a part of the treatment or a prevention from another episode. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, I recommend you treat it seriously – literally like taking medication, so it really is effective.
I have prepared a printable for a whole month, so it’s easier for you to track it:
(click on the thumbnail to download)
This post is the part of a big 28 days of productivity challenge. You can check it out and join the fun of getting days to better results here.
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What habits do you cultivate? Do you change your routine often? Have you tried a habit tracker before? Let me know in the comments.