I’ve been thinking a lot about habits lately. It’s amazing how many things in my life that I do, simply because they’re habits. When I have a few minutes of downtime, I have a habit of picking up my phone and scrolling through social media. (Maybe that’s not such a good habit… 😉 ) I have the same shake for breakfast each morning, mostly out of habit. I drive a certain way to my son’s school, even though there’s another way that might be a little bit quicker, just because it’s a habit.
Whether good or bad, habits and routines tend to make up a large part of my day, so it’s important to make sure I have good systems in place. And I thought I did…
And then summer started!
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having my boys home and getting to spend more time with them, but somehow when school ended, all habits and routines seemed to go out the window and chaos ensued!
How to Start a New Habit
I don’t do well without structure, so I recently sat down to reevaluate, prioritize, and try to start forming some new habits in the process. And as I usually do when I start to get organized, I made a simple little printable to help me.
This printable is loosely based on the “Jerry Seinfeld method” of developing a new habit. In a nutshell, his method is to grab a calendar (or pretty printable in my case) and simply put an X on the days where you’ve completed the new habit that you’re trying to form.
Once you have a small string of Xs on your chart, your only goal is to not break the chain. Just one more X. That’s all you need to focus on. And soon five Xs become 10, 10 become 20, 20 become 40, and you’re well on your way to crushing that new habit.
Life happens! Sometimes we just get busy and we’re unable to complete whatever habit it is that we’re trying to build. And on those days we need to give ourselves grace, but the next day, we need to show up once again and add another X to our chart.
This method is so incredibly simple, but I’ve found that it’s often the simplest things that are the most effective! So whether it’s starting to exercise, reading or writing each day, or simply getting out of bed by a certain time, snag one of these printables, put it somewhere that you’ll see it everyday, and start making those Xs! When you’re settled into that new habit that you’ve been meaning to start forever, you’ll be thanking yourself that you started with that first little X!
Looking for more tips and ideas for improving your habits? These posts may help:
Do you have any tips or tricks for starting a new habit? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
Have a wonderful day!