While having an accountability partner and using a habit tracker are both very helpful when it comes to setting new habits, inevitably we all will encounter struggles that will make staying consistent can be hard.
I’m experiencing this right now. My workout routine was non-existent after the holidays and I was making all types of excuses. I found myself everyday scheduling a workout but never doing it. What I realized is that maybe I needed to make some changes and switch my workout routine from in the evening to first thing in the morning. That small shift and some other tips and tricks have helped me to consistently workout 5 days a week. I wanted to share some of these tips I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) on staying consistent as you’re working on setting a new habit.
One Thing at a time
It’s easy to make a list of habits. Because we’re inspired, we’re ready to tackle all of them all at once. But sometimes it’s better to start working on one habit at a time. When we try to tackle all these new habits at the same time, it can become overwhelming and cause us to quit. So that doesn’t happen, start with one habit and once you feel good about that habit and your progress begin another one.
Know your triggers
Whether it’s removing snacks from the house as you work to build healthier eating habits or setting alarms to remind you to drink more water, we know what we need to do to help us achieve our goals and set new habits.
When we know our triggers we can do things to help ourselves be successful. Triggers don’t have to be something bad it may mean changing up your routine, switching your schedule, or buying a tool or item that will help you make a shift and be successful going forward.
Track your progress
Start a journal and/or write down notes on your phone and share your successes and challenges as you are working on this habit. The insight you discover will help you as you continue to work on setting this habit and will help you to work through any triggers you didn’t know that you had.
Let go of perfection
Whatever habit you’re trying to start just begin. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You’re workout clothes don’t have to match. You don’t have to meditate for 30 minutes 5 minutes is fine. Just start. Waiting for everything to be perfect is a form of procrastination that’s rooted in fear. You can start that new workout, meal prep, meditate or start journaling with what you have right now. Just begin and over time you can add the things that you feel will help you to keep going with this new habit.
Give yourself grace
I say this a lot on blog post but it’s because we are our biggest critics. We will beat ourselves up when things don’t go right or if we do something wrong. I know I’m not always doing my Barre3 workouts right but I’m doing it and eventually, I’ll get it. Remember you’re learning. You’re doing something new that you haven’t done before. You’re going to make mistakes, you’re even going to have some bad days and it’s OK.
Now, while all these tips are helpful one thing to remember with habits is that things will happen. Unexpected changes to our schedules and life may have us miss a day, a week or even a month and it’s OK. Don’t throw in the towel, just start again the next day. One of the reasons we sometimes quit a new habit is because we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. You can and will be successful regardless if it takes you 30, 60 or even 90 days to set this new habit. The main thing to remember and celebrate is that you’re doing it.