Habits Determine Your Future

How do you ensure you stay on top of your habits?

Habits are part of your everyday life. Whether we notice or not we engage in habits. There are certain habits that successful people do on a daily basis:

  • They tend to be early risers
  • Must get between 7-9 hours sleep
  • Aim to read at least one non-fiction book per month 
  • 1 1/2 hours of journalling per week
  • 30-60 minutes of moderate exercise each day
  • Regular meditation 
  • Choose fruits and veg over high fat options-higher productivity at work. 
  • Take a few minutes each morning to be thankful-gratitude 
  • If you want to break a bad habit, you need to weaken the neural pathway by changing your actions.

There is a 3-step pattern to help achieve good habit-forming success:

  • Reminder: The trigger that initiates the behaviour. It can be something you see or a place you visit, or just a thought, emotion, or physical sensation.
  • Routine: The behaviour itself; the action you take. It could be a physical behaviour like biting your nails or too much time on social media. It can also be a mental behaviour like worrying or self-judgement.
  • Reward: The benefit you gain from doing the behaviour

Here are my tips to ensure that you stay committed to your habits:

  1. Habit stack. By habit stacking, I mean group similar tasks together. Thee are tasks that we do everyday anyway.
  2. Be flexible with your schedule. If you have a lot to do on a particular day still do the habits but make it shorter than usual.
  3. Make the good habits easy to reach and the bad habits harder. If you like a scroll in the morning and it takes up a lot of your routine time, leave your phone across the room and prepare your clothes the night before in advance. 

Set yourself up so that you can be successful.