Creating new habits takes patience (and 66 days the experts tell us!) but it’s well worth the effort. Here’s why you should consider the few habits that will make a difference in your life this year, and why you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself.
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How Habits Work
Habits are essentially the well-worn path in your brain. They allow you to complete tasks without decision fatigue.
What are the little habits that make your life better?
- putting the dirty clothes in the laundry hamper
- making your bed in the morning
- setting out clothes the night before
- keeping a running grocery list
- teaching your kids to bring their dirty dishes over to the sink
Bullet journals (see Day #4) are a great resource to keep track of habits until they become automatic.
Do you want to drink more water? Record your successes each day.
Want to spend 30 minutes reading before bed each night? Record it until you do it without thinking.
Habits help you to be more productive because you’re able to give your focused mental energy to larger, more important tasks.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
But, here’s the thing – don’t be too hard on yourself. Know that creating new habits will take time. So don’t decide to start working on ten new habits this year. That’s too many to be successful!
Instead, narrow down one or two habits that you think would really make a difference in your life – spiritually, mentally, physically, relationally – whatever!
Make a plan, track your progress, celebrate success – and don’t give up.
Habits are one small part of creating more productive lives.