How do you develop a habit?

There are two strategies that have consistently worked for me when I want to develop or change a habit. I’m putting them both into practice with The Write Mind.

The first is to make myself accountable to someone. With this blog, I’m making myself accountable to you; I’ve made a public commitment to show up here every day.

The second is to make a conscious effort to do the new thing (write, exercise, etc.) every day for at least 90 days. If I miss a day, the clock starts over. Now, 90 days sounds like a lot—and it is! It’s taken me a couple of years to build up to it. I started with 30 days and even that was challenging at first. You know the saying old habits die hard? Well, they do.

I haven’t yet reached the 90-day mark for this blog, but I’m closing in on it. What habits do you have that are serving you well? Which of your habits are holding you back?

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women