The start of a new year is the perfect time to set some goals for the months to come. What would you like to change? Or maybe you’re not looking to change as much as you are hoping to improve. At Northstar Home, we love offering advice for you and your loved ones living under your roof. If you’d like to create good habits, check out these 17 strategies we’ve provided to help you improve your life at home.
Know why you would like to incorporate these good habits into your home. Without knowing the benefits of creating the habit, it can be difficult to stay motivated as you go about making the necessary changes.
2. Start Simple
Don’t overwhelm yourself—focus on one habit at a time. Once you have a handle on that one habit, start on a different one. One step at a time. Starting small and simple will help you build trust with yourself and you will be able to see you are capable of change.
3. Do It
Commit to the good habits you would like to create. Don’t go in 85%. Give it your all—100%, no less. If you give room for option, on the days you feel too tired you won’t follow through.
It takes about 30 days to create a habit. Be cautious of that by being diligent for the first month. After the first 30 days, it will be easier for you to follow through.
With lots going on it can be easy to forget. Write down your goals—it will help you focus on the result you are hoping for. Put sticky notes where you will see them with a reminder of what you’re are trying to accomplish. Who knows, maybe you’ll have a weak moment but that one sticky note will be exactly what you needed to keep going.
Get rid of the things enticing you to break the new habit you’d like to create. If you would like to eat healthier, get rid of the soda in your refrigerator. Having it there gives you the option—get rid of it.
Tell others what you’re doing. This will give you a sense of accountability. Next time you see your friends, they may ask how your progression is going. You’ll want to make sure you have something to share.
8. As a Family
It is easier to create a habit if you have someone working toward the same goal as you. With everyone in the house working hard, you will stay motivated to not let the team down.
Make a schedule and stick to it. It will be easier to create the habit if you know at 4:00 p.m. every day is the time you read a book for a half hour. Before you know it, you’ve created a habit!
If you are giving something up, fill that time you would spend doing something on something more productive. If you’d like to spend less time watching television, find something constructive and fun that you can do instead.
Creating and sticking to new habits is no easy task. It’s much easier to abandon ship when a conflict presents itself – so just keep calm and keep on keepin’ on!
Creating habits takes time and a lot of attention. Don’t be discouraged if you fall off the track toward creating good habits. Realize from the beginning that nobody is perfect and that it will take a lot of work to create your new habit.
Make note of your progress. Creating a long journal that includes every detail about how your habit creation is going isn’t necessary. Unless, of course, that is the habit you would like to create. If not, take time once a week to quickly jot down how you are progressing. Before you know it, you will be able to look back at your first journal entries and see that you really are making progress.
Reward yourself after accomplishing important milestones. If you didn’t break the good habit you’re creating within the first 30 days, that’s something to celebrate.
15. Push Yourself
There will be days when you’ll really want to relax and take the day off. Taking it easy from time to time is healthy, but really try to push yourself even if it’s just for a small moment. Remember consistency is key.
On the days you struggle to follow through, think positively. Remember why you want these new habits and recognize the improvement you’ve already made. You can do it—keep reminding yourself of that.
Pay attention to how you are handling things. Maybe there is a time of day that’s easiest for you to follow through with your habit. By learning the best time to go through with your new habit, it will be easier to keep it in place in the future.
Every new year is exciting! It’s a time remind ourselves to change or improve. Whether you’re looking to create good habits in your life or not, it’s always a good idea to write down the memories you’re making at home. With that, we’d like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year!