My husband suggested glueing my New Year’s resolutions to the floor in order to make them stick….
I, however prefer a more practical approach to the matter 🙂
Recently I discovered a very inspiring and motivating site on habit change, constructed by Leo Babauta, author of the Zen To Done approach to productivity, simplicity and habit change. The name is: http://6changes.com/
Leo proposes a method to change six habits in 2010, one by one.
I almost jumped up out of my seat for sheer joy!!!! Yes! I’d found it!!
For years now I’ve been wanting to be an early riser in the morning, but failed miserably at my attempts of getting out of the comfort zone of my cozy comfy bed. I’m simply too fond of sleeping.
This stirred a new feeling in me. There was hope of being an early bird after all.
Where to begin?
First go to http://6changes.com/ and have a look there. Here’s what Leo proposes:
- Pick 6 habits for 2010.
- Pick 1 of the 6 habits to start with.
- Commit as publicly as possible to creating this new habit in 2 months.
- Break the habit into 8 baby steps, starting with a ridiculously easy step. Example: if you want rise early, start by rising five minutes earlier each day for week.
- Choose a trigger for your habit – something already in your routine that will immediately precede the habit. For example: the card next to your bed with all the benefits of rising early. See also http://zenhabits.net/2007/05/10-benefits-of-rising-early-and-how-to-do-it/.
- Do the 1st, really easy baby step for one week, right after the trigger. Post your progress publicly, e.g. on your blog.Each week, move on to a slightly harder step. You’ll want to progress faster, but don’t. You’re building a new habit.
- Repeat this until you’ve done 8 weeks.
- You now have a new habit! Congratulations! Commit to Habit No. 2 and repeat the process.
It’s also very important to reward yourself:
- after 3 days
- after a week
- after a month
- after 2 months
My first habit changing challenge started the 22 of December. After three days I rewarded myself with a dive in the blogging archives of Zen Habits, after week I spoiled myself with a visit to a sauna, and I already ordered my next reward: the great print book The Power of Less by, you’ve guessed it, Leo Babauta, my productivity guru.
What six habits have I picked for 2010?
- January – February: getting up at 7 o’clock in the morning.
- March April: create everyday for an hour: journaling, blogging, creating handcrafted cards, creating material for my job
- May June: no impulse spending
- July August: declutter my home, install simplicity and keep it that way
- September October: visit the Daily Audio Bible prayer room twice a week at a fixed time slot
- November December: eat healthy: only eat cookies or candy or crisps once a week.
So, I want to challenge you to pick six habits too and your first one! Please leave a comment on which habits you’re going to tackle, thereby making your plans public too (step 3)! And we can encourage each other!
Best wishes for 2010!! Go for it!
To get your copy of The Power of Less go to: http://astore.amazon.com/zenhab-20