Habits for me are what I do every day. I’m going to admit something here. I used to be a smoker. I know. I don’t even know why I started. I smoked for over 15 years. I quit 2 years ago now. But the hardest part of quitting, besides the nicotine withdrawls, was breaking the little habits. I used to have a smoke after a meal or with my coffee or as a mid morning break. These were habits I had developed over time. I had to find new habits to replace this one. Forming habits in my business has helped me tremendously as well. Here are my tips for creating habits.
Make a list
What are all the habits you want to make? Think of an ideal world here. Some of my habits were changing my diet a bit, waking up earlier, morning walks, evening yoga, house cleaning habits, etc.
Each month I pick one habit I want to work on. This month was waking up at 6 am. It was rough at first since I’m a bit of a night owl but eventually I got into and now I find myself waking up at 6 without an alarm.
Find an app
There are TONS of apps out there that can help you create new habits.
42Goals – A simple tool for tracking your daily goals and keeping a log of your daily activities.
Beeminder – Beeminder puts a little sting into habit formation by requiring you to pay up if you aren’t able to keep your goals.
HabitForge – This site is designed around accountability—a proven motivator in creating new habits.
Lifetick – This web app first focuses on core values and then breaks them down into smaller goals and habits, with tons of visual progress reports
Momentum – Momentum is a personal dashboard designed to eliminate distraction and provide inspiration, focus, and productivity.
Fabulous – A habit-building app that focuses first on creating an awesome morning routine and then add other rituals to install healthy habits and mindfulness in your life.
HabitBull – HabitBull lets you set reminders for each habit and displays them on days when you need to be successful, so you can use it as a to-do list, a calendar planning tool or checklist or a repeating reminder.