Zen Habits gives you some insights on how to change your habits – on the lines of Zen to done (ZTD). Some for me being currently – Go to Gym and getting over my ex 🙂 Found them useful, just penning them. BTW folks, I have changed the theme of the blog – do take time to visit and comment on it.
- Commitment. Commit yourself to your habit change, big time.
Make your commitment as public as possible — put it on your blog, join
an online forum and tell them about it, tell your family and friends,
send out a daily email update on your progress. The more positive
public pressure, the better.
- Practice. Changing your habits is a skill, and
like any skill, it takes practice. Commit yourself to a 30-day
Challenge, and try to do your new habit every single day for 30 days.
You will be training yourself to do that new habit, over and over. If
you mess up, don’t beat yourself up, but just try again. Practice makes
- Motivation. Find as many ways to motivate yourself as possible. See the Top 20 Motivation Hacks.
- Tracking. It’s best if you log your progress
on your habit every day. This may sound difficult, but it will make
your habit change much more likely to be successful. Log it in before
you go to bed, placing your log next to your bed. It’ll motivate you,
and will make you feel great as you look back on all your progress.
- Support. Join an online group,
or do your habit change with a partner. However you find it, get others
to do a habit change with you, and it will be much easier.
- Rewards. Reward yourself often, early on
— at the end of each of the first three days, and then at the end of
every week, and then a big one at the end of your 30-day Challenge.
- Focus. It’s extremely important that you maintain
your focus on this new habit for the full 30 days. That’s why it’s hard
to do more than one or two habits at a time — you can’t maintain focus.
Find ways to bring your focus back to your habit. Post up signs or posters around your desk or home. Send yourself email reminders. Put it on your desktop picture. However you do it, keep a laser focus!
- Positive thinking.
This is perhaps the most important element. If you tell yourself that
you can do this, that you will do it, then you will. Squash all
negative thoughts, and replace them with positive ones. You can do this!