We all have habits, right? Good and bad. I hope picking your nose isn’t one of them!
But it’s true we have habits even if we don’t realise we have them, and the good habits really can help make life easier.
Why are good habits important?
I find that if I stick to a (good) habit, it eliminates the need for self control, and for me that’s great. Because if I have to exercise self control in a decision, like whether or not to eat a big piece of cake for breakfast, I know that given a little push I’m likely to cave under temptation – particularly if someone else is having a piece of cake too.
With a habit – such as, I do not eat cake on weekdays *Ever* my self control is not required to be upstanding because it doesn’t come into the equation.
Habits, like manners, I reckon, maketh man. Is that terribly old fashioned?
I can’t stand bad manners. People who don’t say please, or thank you, really pee me off. And on a side note, if I’ve ever been guilty of this, you can strike me off your Christmas list – immediately.
5 Good Habits You Really Should Start Today
- Start a gratitude list and write down 3 – 5 good things that happen each day.
- Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour – walk, do yoga, or pilates.
- Take 15 to 30 minutes each day for you, make it Me Time – read, cook, write, sew – do what pleases you.
- Each time you boil the kettle, do your pelvic floor exercises.
- Make a habit of always taking the stairs, and always parking in the furthest parking spot wherever you go.
Trying to uphold good habits
My best good habit is that I walk every morning before my first cup of coffee.
This is not a decision up for debate. It’s a habit. I do it come rain or shine. My shoes are ready, my walking clothes laid out or at least accessible, and water bottle within easy view.
I don’t have to use any self control, I just go.
Another habit I try to stick to is not eating bread, potatoes, rice or pasta during weekdays. Finished, finito, no need to think about it any further. I just don’t cook them.
Making good habits can be more difficult as we get older
Don’t you find making decisions harder as you get older? I do. I tend to pontificate (good word, huh!). Shall I shan’t I, should I could I, would it be better if, or not?
Perhaps it’s because I feel I don’t have time on my side so much anymore, and I’m desperately seeking the best thing to do for the time available.
The irony is, if I’d made that thing I’m thinking about a habit, I wouldn’t have spent time pontificating, and I wouldn’t have involved my brain in the drain of decision making.
Having a habit would mean that I’d already decided, no quantitive decision required.
How do we make habits
Some people like to start big, with a big, bold, sweeping habit. Others might start small and miniscule. Many people do this at the start of a new year – but why only on the 1st January? You can do it anytime.[Tweet “The trick to making a good habit is to just decide on something, and stick to it.”]
Make sure it’s specific.
I’m going to be happy is too vague.
I’m going to go the beach for a walk after work every day because it makes me happy, is specific.
I’m going to get up earlier isn’t specific.
I’m going to set the alarm for 6.30am (half an hour earlier than usual) so that I can have some me time in the morning, is more concrete and offers a benefit too.
Do you have a good habit to share? Or will you make a new one today?