How to optimize your life? We found a useful tool that can help adopt our habits faster

You keep telling others how you would like to work on changes in your life, and you’re not getting there? Eager to adopt new habits, but always putting it off? Whether this or some similar scenario can be attributed to your life, keep on reading!

If you want to change your behaviour, one of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to simply measure it. It may sound simple at first, but research shows that measuring behaviour improves our performance. For example, studies have shown that those who follow pedometer steps increase their physical activity by 27%. So what is measured can also be improved.

Calendar of habits as a useful tool for changing behaviour

To help you keep track of your habits, it’s a good idea to create a habit calendar in which you’ll record the habits you want to adopt and mark each action you’ve done. After each action is done, celebrate every little success.

Habit calendar is a powerful tool for changing behaviour for the following reasons:

1. Creates triggers
Every time you look at a calendar you know what to do.

2. Energy saver
Instead of thinking about what you need to do, just follow what you’ve written so you don’t get exhausted from making a decision

3. Award yourself
Every time you mark a habit on your calendar, you will feel fulfilled. That positive feeling will solidify your behaviour.

4. Cost reduction
The more we get into something, the harder it is for us to let it go. Consequently, the longer we build habits, the more we will try to continue them.

5. Feedback
Every day when you use your calendar, you will collect data. This data can be used to improve your performance in the future.

Check out how to create an effective habit calendar in five steps.

1. Choose your habits
To choose your habits, you need to ask yourself which habits make you feel most effective and great? Such habits are the best material to include in the calendar.

2. Make it simple
If your motivation is high, you can set yourself more demanding challenges. Otherwise, it is better to choose habits that will be easier to realize.

3. Set your daily minimums
Once you decide which habits to follow, you need to determine the amount of effort you need to set aside for each habit. For example, determine how many minutes you will meditate, how many minutes you will set aside for running, how many pages you will read, etc. So make sure your daily goals are specific and measurable.

4. Set “game rules”
It is unrealistic to expect to stick to all your habits every day. There are always situations when we are prevented, for example, by fatigue or a cold. In such situations, you can write a letter in the calendar to indicate skipping. It is important to set clear rules for exceptional situations when you will allow yourself to skip your habits.

5. Design your environment
We may not always be aware of this, but our environment greatly influences our behaviour. For example, if we sleep with the phone next to the bed, we will very likely pick it upright in the morning. There are many ways we shape our environment and when the environment shapes us, so you need to make sure that the environment supports the habits in your calendar.

Small victories are big victories

In addition to recording habits, it is important to celebrate every little victory. Also, if you don’t accidentally soak up every habit, don’t let that discourage you. Therefore, treat yourself with compassion and quickly return to your routine.

And don’t forget. You don’t have to start with big bites to get into a series of successful habits. It is also good to adopt seemingly miserable habits because you will want more day by day, which will ultimately lead to great results. Small victories are big victories because a lot of small successes build you into a better person.

 

 

Source: https://medium.com/better-humans/this-is-how-to-optimize-your-life-with-a-habit-calendar-b70a6be30344

 

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