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?