“Good habits, once established, are just as hard to break as are bad habits.”
Well, ain’t that the truth! I’m amazed at how cranky I become if I don’t get my desired amount of exercise in each week. Or how my mind automatically runs through “acceptable” choices when I’m deciding what’s for dinner. These are habits now and hard to break.
It’s that “once established” part that sometimes proves troublesome. (It’s always the fine print.)
I start out with all good intentions of adopting a new and better way to do something, but…well, you know. To borrow (and mutilate) a phrase: the road to obesity, sloth, disorganization, clutter, and other hellish things is paved with good intentions.
With holidays and home remodeling projects kicking into high gear, the next month or so will probably be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants exercise in maintaining my weight and my sanity. Not a great time for good habit building, and that’s okay. My eyes are on the prize(s), and I’ve got my already-established good habits to see me through. That said, I can still explore possibilities, can’t I?
One possibility I read about on MakeUseOf recently is habitforge. This app uses the “21 Days” method of habit building as a guide. You name your challenge, they send you an email each day (at a time you designate) asking if you’ve done it, and you respond accordingly. They track it for you, and if you miss a day, they start the clock over at Day 1. Looks pretty nifty, huh? And they’ll never see you blushing when you respond “no” two days in a row.
Some people have better results with visual motivators. A good tool for that is Joe’s Goals. It’s a really simple interface that allows you to track your activities (or lack thereof) in building good habits.
Those are just a couple of easy-to-use online tools to assist in building good habits. If you’ve got any others, sing out!
Or maybe you’ve got other good-habit-building tricks up your sleeve you’d be willing to share with us? (Pretty please, with agave, honey, or turbinado on top?)