How did yesterday go? How is today looking, new habit-wise that is?
Yesterday lights out for me was at 10:07 then the dogs woke me up at 1:00am to go outside. I guess I forgot this is a new habit for them as well. Unfortunately it took me a while to fall back to sleep so this morning I got up at 6 instead of 5. New habits take some time to establish, but with a little consistency the dogs and I will establish a new habit.
Harness the Power of Consistency. At the heart of habit creation is consistent action. Performing your new habit at the same time, place, and circumstance everyday will move this new action from a place of conscious deliberate action to subconscious routine.
My new habit for this month is to go to bed at 10AM each night. At the core of this habit is I need 7 hours of sleep each night. I could have made my habit to get 7 hours of sleep, and in reality on Friday and Saturday night I follow the 7 hour rule since those are date nights with my guy and I can sleep in later on the weekends.
To make this new habit more routine I chose to set a “bedtime” instead of calculating the hours on “school nights”. By following a “bedtime” my body and mind can fall into a simple evening routine that requires little thought and no additional preparation. With consistent action I will fall into a simple evening routine that has me snuggled into sleep by 10PM each night.
Your new habit may have more flexibility, so look for how you can make it consistent.
If your new habit is not time related maybe it is at the same place each day. For example, if you regularly lose your keys and would like to change that behavior perhaps you create a consistent landing place for your wallet and keys everyday. No more hunting for your keys because they are always on your desk or where ever your landing place is. And when placed with you wallet you have a bigger target to catch your eye.
Making your new habit circumstance related could be something like working more mindfully. In everything you do you give it your full attention. If other things come to mind to do you capture the thought on a list and mindfully address it when appropriate.
Consider your new habit. How can you harness the power of consistency? If you get stuck on this go ahead and ask for input in the comments section of this post. I and possibly other readers will share our advice if you ask.
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