While we all likely have bad habits we’d like to get rid of, the focus this week has been on creating new habits versus modifying old ones. If you would like to explore ideas on how to change your current habits, pick up a copy of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business to learn more. For now, let’s look ahead to see how some new habits can be added to our daily routine.
Here we go….
What new habit or habits would you like to create? Maybe you’d like to get to work on time, workout every day, get out of the office by a certain time, or incorporate healthy snacks into your day. Pick one habit and then let’s go through the process of setting up a new habit.
First, what will be your cue? As I learned about cues, I realized that these are very similar to primers, which have been discussed here before. What can you put in your way to kick off the habit? Setting an alarm on your phone? Having a reminder pop up on your computer? Setting an apple on your desk? Pick whatever will work for you and your new habit.
Skipping ahead in the process, now think about what your reward will be. It has to be a good one, a real reward for you. If you make it to work on time, then you can grab your favorite coffee. If you workout every day for a week, then you can reward yourself with $25 going into a clothing fund. Whatever it is, be sure that it’s something that’s good for you. It can be simple. We brush our teeth every day because of that minty tingle that we get when we’re through.
Finally, do the routine. Do it daily and as you do, keep your mind on the reward. If it’s easy for you, great! If it’s hard, be sure to apply the belief that you CAN make it happen. If you tell yourself every day that you’ll never be able to get to work on time… you’ll be right.
Create a cue. Do the routine. Reward yourself. And believe.