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5 ways to establish good habits that can really be maintained

New routines and healthy habits don't have to be miserable exercise.

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5 ways to establish good habits that can really be maintained
5 ways to establish good habits that can really be maintained

Having goals and doing something to go after those goals are two different things. Most successful people are creatures of daily habits and routines . I definitely work best when I have a routine. I wake up at the same time every day, exercise in the morning, go home to fix the kids, and so on. A few months ago I stopped to think: What are the habits that really serve me? What habits do I do just for the sake of doing them and what habits would I like to reinforce?

For example:

I would like to get more involved with my children's school day.

I would like to strengthen my glutes and legs.

I would like to write more.

You can do all of that and achieve all of your goals, once you make them habits.

Although much has been said about the habits of successful people and guidelines have been given to break bad habits, I focus more on creating new habits and really maintaining them. For example, some of my daily habits are:

Wake up every day at the same time.

Do not check social networks or reply to emails in the morning.

Exercise.

Make sure I have nutritious and healthy food.

These habits keep me organized, efficient, healthy, and generally happy. Many people who exercise in the morning just do it and don't think about it. And if you are just like most, you feel better after exercising. Nobody ever regrets having exercised (once you finished, at least).

Here are five ways to turn that wish list into things that can make you feel better every day.

1. Practice your new habit at the same time, every day

Whether it's exercise, or not checking your social networks in the morning or preparing your agenda the night before, this type of constancy is essential.

2. Start small

We cannot change or fix everything overnight. Start with small habits like preparing your food, walking a few more steps throughout the day, or deleting social media apps for a week to eliminate the temptation. (Checking for updates on your computer or television is a good way to stay informed without being glued to your phone.)

3. Have a clear objective

When are you going to do it, why and how? If there is any doubt about any of these questions, chances are you're not going to ask. So if you want to write more or finish more projects, add it to your calendar and don't let anything distract you.

4. Be consistent

Repetition forms habits. Whether it's learning to play the piano or taking breaks to stretch and not spend the entire day sitting, it's important to set a time and hold yourself accountable. Ask your family and friends to motivate you and ask how you are doing.

5. If you water it, have a plan

Don't judge yourself, and have a plan you can go back to when you water it. Be kind to yourself and make this your mantra: “Never fail twice.”

Don't break the habit of having good habits!

Remember that this will not be easy. Returning to bad habits is very easy, as well as returning to what is comfortable for you: staying in bed checking your phone, eating badly, not exercising … I have done it many times.

But take yourself to a zone of discomfort, because that is where the magic and change exist. To achieve my personal habits, I now limit my distractions from 8:30 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon to be more efficient at work and to be able to spend quality time with my children after school. I hired a trainer to focus on leg and glute routines. For writing, I blocked Fridays to be my creative and writing day, and don't schedule anything unless it's critical. We are what we do, and what is most important is to do what gives us the healthiest and happiest lifestyle we can have.

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