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.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Reading something uplifting daily
- Journalling every night
- Going for a walk at least four times per week
- Drinking at least two litres of water per day
The new habits I’m focusing on this year include:
- Blogging twice per week
- Doing a weekly review of my performance in relation to my goals
- Not checking emails before 8.00am
- Having a yoga session at least once a week
Some tools I’m using, which may also assist you, include:
- Evernote app to document my goals and conduct my weekly review
- Day One app for my journalling
- Habit List app to give me reminders and track my performance
- 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?