According to a famous saying, your life is essentially the sum of your habits. This certainly rings true in today’s socially distanced world as we are forced to rely on ourselves to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Although there’s no shortcut to taking control of your habits, there are several steps that you can take to become more discipline and add some consistency into your daily routine.
Commit to a timeframe
In order for you to form a lasting habit, you will need keep it up for at least a month before it becomes second nature and automatic. The habit should also be something that you can commit to on a daily basis. For example, if you start a new habit of exercising regularly, you should try to block out time to go to the gym every day for thirty days before easing into a routine where you go a few times per week.
Start out small
Making a series of drastic changes overnight is not the most practical or effective way to change your habits, although you may be tempted to take on more than you can handle. A smarter approach would be to start out slow and gradually build on to the time and effort of your commitment.
For instance, if you want to learn a new skill or language, remember that overloading yourself with too much information may end up overwhelming and discouraging you from continuing. Should your new habit be getting fit in the gym, start out slow by lifting lighter weights and gradually build up to heavier ones when you are ready.