One of the hardest parts of building new habits is the idea of leaving your old habits behind. To make it easier for yourself, make your habit into a 100-day challenge instead. Photo by superscheeli.
As personal finance site Rich Habits explains, a 100-day challenge makes forming habits a bite-sized challenge. Knowing there's an end point can help motivate you to get started. For example, eating better for 100 days doesn't mean the end of junk food forever. It's simply a challenge for a few months. However, by the end, you might find that the habit sticks anyway:
Consistency transforms behaviours into habits. Adopting good daily habits can only happen if you consistently engage in those habits every day. One strategy to make good habits stick, that my first Rich Habits lab rat came up with, my son, is something called the 100 Day Challenge. Here's how it works: for 100 days, focus on engaging in one activity for 100 days in a row. By the end of the 100 days that daily activity will become a daily habit. Engaging in an activity for 100 day helps create the neural network infrastructure necessary to forge a habit.
Of course, you can tweak the length of your challenge to suit your own needs. Even if you don't stick with the new habit in the end, the discipline it takes to stay with a particular behaviour for 100 days can lend itself well to building other habits in the future.