Why You Should Develop New Habits This Year

Fri Jan 3, 2014

Each of us are creatures of habits. Our habits either support us or they hinder our progress.

Either way, our current habits are producing the results we’re getting. To change our results, we must change our habits or eliminate current habits that aren’t serving us.

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How to Develop New Habits This Year

The good news is any new positive habits formed now will compound over time and produce better results for you. That is the power of “The Compound Effect,” as described by Darren Hardy. Here is a quick process for changing your habits.

  1. Identify the habits not serving you. These may include getting up late, not taking regular breaks during the day, not drinking enough water during the day, not returning phone calls on time, being late for appointments, etc.
  2. Identify new positive or productive habits you want to form. Write out all the habits that will support you in creating better results. A quick way is to write the opposite of what you wrote in Step 1.

Once you’ve identified the new habits you’d like to form, choose a couple to focus on initially. It will be a mistake to do everything all at once because habits take time to form. If you can focus on two per quarter, you can create eight new positive or productive habits this year.

Over the years, some new habits I’ve formed include:

  1. Reading something uplifting daily
  2. Journalling every night
  3. Meditating
  4. Going for a walk at least four times per week
  5. Drinking at least two litres of water per day

The new habits I’m focusing on this year include:

  1. Blogging twice per week
  2. Doing a weekly review of my performance in relation to my goals
  3. Not checking emails before 8.00am
  4. Having a yoga session at least once a week

Some tools I’m using, which may also assist you, include:

  1. Evernote app to document my goals and conduct my weekly review
  2. Day One app for my journalling
  3. Habit List app to give me reminders and track my performance
  4. Strides app to keep track of my goals

I enjoy using apps that make it easier than ever to stay on track and measure my progress. If apps are not for you, you must create a system to keep you on track. Having an accountability partner is another way to stay true to your commitments.

Question: What are some new habits you would like to develop this year?

11 Comments

  1. Donna Stapleton Dawley

    Writing something every day, even if it’s only a paragraph! That’s one new habit. The other one is a serious aerobic workout at least twivce a week. I already do a weight workout twice a week, but gotta get the aerobics going now! Thanks for the app suggestions Neel! Gotta check out Habit List!

    • Neel Raman

      Those are a couple of good new habits Donna! Well done! Also check out the Strides app – I am quite enjoying using it currently.

  2. Sean Smith

    Delegation!!!

    • Neel Raman

      Sounds good Sean! Are you planning to outsource or hire an assistant or grow your team to achieve this? I’m planning to do more outsourcing this year.

      • Sean Smith

        All 3. I’m hiring a couple people here and will be outsourcing as necessary per project.

  3. Jane Ransom

    Video blogging! Want to start this in February and keep going. It’s not a huge thing, but it’s like jumping into the pool. It will require some initial resolve. 🙂

    • Neel Raman

      Best of luck with that Jane! That is something I want to start doing too as well as podcasting. But one thing at a time. I know you can do it! 🙂

  4. Cybil Smith

    So this isn’t a big one, but a habit I’ve had and am ready to stop – biting my nails! In order to do that, I’m committing to keeping them polished, because that stops me! =)

    • Neel Raman

      Hi Cybil, I’ve known parents to rub their kids hands in chilli powder to get rid of that habit. That’s a bit extreme but it seemed to have worked. Nail polish is probably a nicer way to go about it. Best of luck! 🙂

      • Cybil Smith

        Thanks! I’ll stick to the polish over the chili powder. =)

        • Neel Raman

          Absolutely! 🙂

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