Adopting a new habit when you've previously failed to adopt an old one will likely lead to another failure. Take the time to drill down through your failed adoption of a previous habit to ensure the new one sticks.
Over at the productivity blog Stepcase Lifehack they highlight ways to increase the staying power of new habits. Among them is this valuable tip on always examining why an old habit didn't stick before taking on a new one.
Below is an example of the drilling process:
- Why can't I wake up early?
- Because I'm tired.
- Why am I tired?
- Because I didn't have enough sleep.
- Why didn't I have enough sleep?
- Because I [stayed up]late.
- Why did I [stay up]late?
- Because I had too many things to do.
- Why did I have so many things to do?
- Because I can't finish them.
- Why can't I finish them?
- Because I schedule more tasks than I can accomplish for the day.
Often we are too quick to berate ourselves for not sticking to an old habit and then hopping to a new habit to try out. Doing so is counterproductive if the underlying reason — lack of time, over scheduling, unrealistic goals — is not addressed. Check out the full article for more tips on making your habits stick. Have a tip or trick of your own to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.
6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick [Stepcase Lifehack]