How to Build Habits That Stick

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How to Build Habits That Stick
Do you ever find it difficult to stick to new habits?

Well, don’t panic because you are not alone. Often, we start off well and then we fall off after a while due to the busyness of everyday life. Other activities just take priority over the new habit, and soon we find ourselves slipping back into our old ways. But did you know there are steps we can take to help solidify our new habits? Here are three steps you should follow if you want to build habits that stick.

1. Start Small

When you want to develop a new habit, only pick one at a time. Trying to start multiple new habits can be overwhelming so focusing on one can help you stay on track.

As you are working on your current habit, jot down any other habits you would like to develop in the future in a checklist. Once you have successfully incorporated the current habit into your daily life, you can pick a new one from your list of habits.

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2. Make It Convenient

Set yourself up for success by making it easy to do that habit. For example, if you want to drink more water, keeping a water bottle on your desk at all times will help you achieve your goal. On the other hand, if your water bottle is not close by, you will be less inclined to drink water since you will have to make the trip to grab it.

3. Remember Your Why

Always remember why you started in the first place. Knowing your why gives you motivation to power through obstacles and build habits that stick.

Ask yourself:

  • What is the reason you chose this habit?
  • Why is it important to you?
  • How will it bring value to your life?
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Need more guidance on how to build habits that stick? Lifehacker has 18 more tips and tricks to help you solidify your new habits.

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