Why is creating new habits or breaking old ones so difficult? There’s just something about it that really sucks – especially if it’s taking away from something you really enjoy like sleeping in, watching TV or eating pizza for breakfast (ok that last one is still ok, right?).
You know that implementing a new routine or breaking an old habit feels good. You’re more productive, it has a positive effect on your mood, and you may even feel accomplished. As Millennials, creating good habits early in life will can help on our road to success. A positive daily routine will help you prioritize tasks, keep focused and accomplish your tasks each day.
Let’s take a look at how you can incorporate habits into your daily routine to become successful.
What Is A Habit?
Routine. Practice. Rules.
A habit is a routine or tendency that is engrained in your life, which requires little to no mental energy. Some habits are unconscious such as breathing, while others require little thought like brushing your teeth or tying your shoes.
Routine give structure to your day.
Creating a new habit will require work and practice to be built into your life. Understanding certain triggers to habits will help you identify steps to change them. This includes getting into the habit of eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, meditating and so forth.
Getting up at 6 am for your new job wouldn’t be considered a routine, unless you were already used to it. It will take weeks or even months before it becomes an unconscious effort and will require following a set of principals such as getting to bed on time and avoiding activities that may cause restless sleep, to make it a habit.
Why Are Habits Important?
Efficiency. Productivity. Optimization.
Creating positive habits will help remove unnecessary decisions in your day, which will liberate your energy to focus on more important tasks. This will help you become more efficient, productive at work and optimize your day by eliminating wasted time.
Once you create a habit, it will be built into your muscle memory and help simplify your life. A positive daily routine will help set the foundation for your life at work and home, which will serve as your building blocks towards success.
Who Creates Daily Routines?
Successful Leaders. Business CEOs. And now you!
What do all of these people have in common? Is it just pure luck that Richard Branson is worth millions of dollars and owns more than 400 companies? That Jeff Bezos pioneered the world of e-commerce and Elon Musk is revolutionizing the automotive & space industries?
They all create successful routines, which allow them to work every day at accomplishing their biggest goals. This is important; They spend every day working towards their biggest goals.
By setting up small task that will help you reach your end goal will keep you focused on reaching success. This same idea is applied to creating new habits. No one expects you to start exercising every day of the week if the last time you broke a sweat was grade 6 gym class. But by setting up intermediate steps along the way, will help you reach your final goal.
Follow the steps of those, who have already proven a path to success and work on creating a positive daily routine for your life.
How To Start A New Habit.
Motivation. Discipline. Conscientious.
It will take self-motivation and discipline to start a new habit, which usually means breaking an old one. Going from your afternoon snack of chips and cookies to carrots and broccoli isn’t going to happen in a day. You’ll want to incorporate rules to follow and be conscientious of what you need to succeed. That will mean packing healthier snacks for work to avoid the vending machine during the day or replacing certain foods entirely. You will probably slip up, but that’s ok. Be honest with yourself about why you missed your goal that day, just don’t make a habit of it 😉
Start with an actionable habit that is easy to track. “I want to read more” is not specific enough. “I want to read 30 minutes before going to bed” provides a specific time frame, location, and action. You can set an alarm 30 minutes before bed to remind you of the commitment you’ve made. You are usually more motivated to act when there are consequences to our inaction (embarrassment, lose a bet, pride). Hold yourself accountable for sharing your goal with friends or getting them to commit to something as well. Use these triggers as motivation to reach your goal.
Where To Start?
Successful Habits. Daily Routines. Start Today.
Starting your morning off right can be something little such as getting up before your alarm or not hitting snooze. You don’t have to get up at 5 am to be productive (but it can help). If you’re a night owl, who gets their best work done in the late hours of the evening then fine! But just because you get up at 11 am doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start your day off right.
Getting exercise and eating a healthy breakfast is also a great way to start the day. You’ve heard it once, and I’ll repeat it again, take care of yourself! No matter your success you won’t be able to enjoy it if you are suffering mentally or physically. Plan and highlight the 3 most important tasks for your day and complete them asap (doing the laundry doesn’t count).
Knowledge is power and the more you read, the more you can open your mind to new ideas and creativity. From self-help/motivational books, following blogs or keeping up with the local and foreign news, find something that interests you and read about it. Don’t be afraid to try something new; it took me 7 years before I started reading fiction novels again and forgot how much it opened up my imagination and inspired creativity.