How To Prepare for Building and Maintaining New Habits for 2021
If you can’t wait until the New Year hits and want to get a head start on getting yourself used to new habits you want to build and maintain, there is no better time to start than now! Here are three simple ways you can help future you.
1. Update Your Current Routine
If there’s something that you do every single day, such as brushing your teeth, add something new to your routine so that you are way less likely to forget doing it.
For example, if you want to build a simple habit of doing 10 push ups everyday, make sure that you either do your push ups right before you brush your teeth or right after.
And speaking of brushing your teeth, Jim Kwik (CEO and Founder of Kwik Learning, a leader in accelerated learning) has offered the idea of brushing your teeth every morning with your non-dominant hand to activate different parts of your brain.
Watch his video below to learn other ways of boosting your creativity and brainpower early in the day to help with your overall productivity.
Here’s how to jumpstart your brain so you can jumpstart the day
Speaker: Jim Kwik
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Posted by The Daily Goalcast on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Another idea is to subconsciously update your routine by setting yourself up for small changes in your actions throughout the day.
For example, if you make coffee every morning, place the coffee filters just slightly out of reach on a shelf and guess what, you just did two calf raises – one to get the filters and one to put them away!
Take this same idea and apply it to various other items that you always need everyday, and you just may end up with some very nice looking calves in a short period of time!
2. Give Yourself Gentle Reminders
If you want some flexibility in when you perform a task and don’t necessarily want to tie it to an already established routine, HabitHub is an awesome (and free) habit tracking tool that is super simple to set up.
As each day goes on, you mark your days based on the habits you set up as Done, Fail, or Skip and you can also add notes. Each day marked as “Done” builds a green chain, which encourages you to keep that chain going.
You can set up multiple habits you want to build or break as well as notification reminders at specific times of the day.
Pro Tip: If you are using HabitHub to track a habit that you want to break, simply name it something like “No Coffee” or “No Alcohol” so that you can mark your days with a green checkmark and build your chain!
3. Sign Up for Something You Can’t Back Out Of
You might think we’re talking about signing up for a 5k or obstacle course race, something with a date that you have to train for, but in this case, we’re talking about Alarmy, the world’s most annoying alarm clock app.
The primary way Alarmy works is that you can register a picture of an area in your home as the only method of turning off the annoying alarm clock when it goes off, forcing you to be at a certain place at a certain time.
For example, if your goal is to make sure that you are awake and in the bathroom by 5 am so you can make it to the gym by 5:30 am, then you can register a photo of your bathroom sink and the only way you would be able to turn off your alarm is by actually going to your bathroom sink and taking a picture of it.
There are some other options for using Alarmy to disrupt your current state of comfort, such as using the Shake Mode to shake your phone vigorously until your alarm turns off or making yourself solve math problems at varying levels of difficulty.
Alarmy is super versatile and there are so many different ways you can work Alarmy into your life to fit any kind of goal you have. You just have to be okay with torturing yourself 😉