How to create new habits (and ditch old ones)

September always feels like a fresh start, and with a fresh start, come new habits.

Start noticing what habits you already have

Track yourself for a week and analyse your habits, or sit down and mentally run through your day-to-day life. Write down all the things you do, from the moment you wake up in the morning until the second you go to bed.

Decide which habits to keep and which to get rid off

Now that you’ve written down what a day or week for you looks like, have a look at your habits or routines and ask yourself whether they are helping you reach your goals. If you keep hitting snooze, when you could be going to the gym, this might be one you want to change. Or if you have a lot of food delivered in the evenings because you’re too tired to cook, you might want to start prepping food once a week.

Make a plan of action

It’s time to decide how you’re going to ditch or form those habits. Putting your phone somewhere so you have to get out of bed, dedicating Sundays to groceries and prepping food… Write down which days you want to work-out and what work-outs you want to do.

Realise why you want to change those habits

Why do you want to go to the gym? Why do you want to food prep? Most of the answers to these questions would be quite simple: “to be healthier, to get in shape, to save more money…” But you have to have a bigger reason. Because those easy answers are not going to be good enough for you to keep going. Why do you want to be healthier, why do you want to save money?

Clear your path

Now that you know what you want to do, you have to make it as easy for yourself as possible to do those things. If you want to start going to the gym, get some cute work-out clothes, make a good playlist and find a fun way to keep track of your progress. And at the same time, find ways to make your bad habits harder to go through.

Make it through the first week

Beginning something new is always hard. But if you don’t follow through on your new habits (or keep going through with your old habits) every day of that first week, there’s a good chance you’re going to keep breaking them. Give that first week everything you got, and then see if the habits are actually working for you. You can always ditch them later if they are not helping you accomplish your goals.

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9 Comments

  1. 18 September 2020 / 10:42 pm

    It’s so difficult to ditch the old habits! Your tips are really helpful. Thanks for sharing such a detailed post 😊

  2. marjiemare
    18 September 2020 / 3:04 am

    I am trying to develop healthy eating habits and it’s so hard. Thanks for sharing this post. It’s exactly what I needed.

  3. 17 September 2020 / 3:24 am

    I’m actually working on this right now. Breaking a habit seems like it’s the hardest things to do. These are really useful tips.

  4. Jasmine Martin
    16 September 2020 / 3:39 pm

    Realizing the habits you have that you want to change and why you want to change them is very important. I feel like a lot of people may notice that have certain tendencies, but they don’t really think about why it’d be a good idea to make those alterations. You definitely have to look at the pros and cons when it comes to habits you have and taking the steps towards changing them.

  5. Marie
    16 September 2020 / 3:38 pm

    I am currently working on getting rid of a habit that I didn’t even know I had until I was recording videos for Youtube. This article will be very helpful!

  6. Lyosha Varezhkina
    16 September 2020 / 10:57 am

    very useful post. I am a person of habit and it’s hard for me to change or alter it. your post is definitely helpful for people who want embrace the power of habits

  7. World In Eyes
    15 September 2020 / 7:05 pm

    Keep changing habits is somehow good but it also have a deep effect on us..indeed these tips and ideas are so damn helpful for creating new ones..great work though…

  8. Joanna
    15 September 2020 / 5:38 pm

    They do say it takes 2 weeks to develop new habits, and that’s not much at all. Anyone can incorporate new habits in their life if they really want to.

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