Self Development

How to Implement New Habits

A lot of us set new year resolutions for ourselves to get rid of the old and in with the new. We set goals of different variations. We have dreams as numerous as the stars and the potential of an archers bow string to launch them into existence. There is one thing, however, that is required to reach these results we desire. We need to form good habits.

Habits are these tasks that we implement and perform CONSISTENTLY. This is crucial because without consistency these habits will fail to develop and when we do not live up to our full potential we feel weary, down and out, and sometimes give up on our goals and dreams. We kick the bucket of resolutions and fall into our old ways. At least we are doing something consistent, right?

I, myself, struggle with this from time to time but anything you attempt to do in life will take a conscious effort to get it done. So today I’d like to share with you this tool that I discovered to help you keep track of your habits.

First you need to review your resolutions, your goals and your dreams.

What are the steps you need to take to fulfil those resolutions, to get you on the that path of achieving your goals, and to be living out your dreams?

When you have made this list then you are going to fill them in to your habit tracker. You can have as much habits as you’d like but be realistic with yourself and start small. You can have from daily habits to monthly habits. I’ve only done daily habits for the month of March, however set weekly or monthly habits if you need to. Based on the goals you are trying to achieve and the resolutions that you want to fulfil, decide how many times you need to implement these habits. When you decide that, you’ll know if they need to be done daily, a few times weekly or a couple times for the month.

Here is a picture of my habit tracker for the month of March. (do not judge my artistic abilities lol)

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I basically made a column for each day to correspond with each row of habits. When I completed a task (habit) for the day, I shaded the box that corresponds to the habit and the day on which it was done. Upon evaluating this month of habits, it gave me insight on those habits that I’ve pretty much got down and those that I need to work on.

The highlights from this month’s evaluation are:

  • I rarely miss my Jesus time.
  • I need to block out my time better so that I go to bed on time.
  • I need to spend more time being creative

In addition, I saw that some of these daily habits really need to be put down to a weekly basis or even monthly. Baring these things in mind, I created a new and improved habit tracker for the month of April.

I hope this inspires you to really act and start implementing the habits you need in your life. Go conquer April lovelies, one good habit at a time.

 

-Tropical Tide

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