I am big believer in good habits being a solid foundation to building a successful life. If you can add as many good habits as possible in different areas of your life you will in time be repaid by seeing your intended results.
If you are looking to earn money outside of your normal 9-5 job then you will need to ensure that you always make the most of your time. Being organized and not wasting time is so important, especially when you’re trying to make money from a side hustle.
Having good habits in your life is extremely important if you are to make the most of your time. If you have too many bad habits your time will be wasted and you will not be as productive as you want to be or as you should be. This will leave you feeling very frustrated and unfulfilled as you continue to fail.
Wasting time in my view is horrendous, even just 5 minutes! This is time you will never get back. Make use of every minute towards your goal.
I look at habits like this:
- Good Habits = Productive Use of My Time
- Bad Habits = Waste of My Time
Good habits can be easy to introduce in to our lives but how can we make them stick so we can really make the most of our time?
You need to believe that you are truly making the most from your available time in your day, every single day.
The best way to start a good habit and make it stick is by using certain techniques. These are simple but effective “tricks” that we can play on the mind to help us make a start on a task or a project.
So what techniques can we use to introduce good habits into our lives to enable a more productive day?
The Five-Minute Technique
It can be difficult to fill your life with new habits, especially when you’re so full of bad habits. But there’s a way to mitigate that difficulty.
Choose something new and do it for just 5 minutes, every day. 5 minutes is easy. Anybody can do it. You can do it.
Here are some good habits you can employ that can only take 5 minutes of your day.
- You could meditate for 5 minutes per day. Use a meditation app on your smartphone.
- How about going for a quick 5 minute walk around the block every day.
- Drink a full glass of water at a pre-determined time every single day.
These habits are easy and I’m sure you do them from time to time. But if you want to make it into a real habit, you must do them daily. The easiest way of incorporating these good habits is by dedicated 5 minutes per day at the same time daily.
It is said that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit. So do it every day and before you know it, you’ll be doing these tasks daily without even thinking about it.
Are you looking to bring various habits into your life but you keep putting them off? Perhaps hey seem to be far too time consuming?
Well, good habits are worth your time – especially when they replace bad ones.
A good way to decide if a new habit is worth the time and effort is to time yourself.
Let’s say you want to start eating healthy snacks but worry it’ll take up too much of your time.
Well then get your timer on your smartphone out and start timing yourself. Wash and cut up some fruits and veggies and put them into 7 individual containers to be consumed during the week.
Let’s say this whole process took you 15 minutes.
Each day, you get a good healthy snack at your fingertips that takes literally no time to make (since you already made them of course). The end result is you eat better, feel better and you’ll have no excuses not to eat healthy.
The Solar Flare Technique
This technique is based on how a solar flare acts. Basically a solar flare starts off very small and then over time it grows into something huge. Can you put a similar thought pattern into making your good habits stick?
Perhaps commit a few minutes to a task in the first week and commit more time as the month continues if you’re getting good results.
Start small and build up blocks is the idea. For instance if you feel like you would like to take up walking to introduce some exercise in to your life, then start by just walking around the block at first. Then, build up the distance over time and before you know it, by the end of the month you could be walking for a few miles each session.
Success stories aren’t made overnight. Marathon runners didn’t start by running marathons. They started by taking small steps and working their way up over time.
The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro technique can be great for seeing tasks right through to the end and really making habits stick. The Pomodoro technique is where you work on your task for a set amount of time and give yourself a break for an allotted amount of time.
The most commonly suggested way of using this technique is by working on something for 25 minutes and then stopping for 5 minutes. This allows you a break so your brain doesn’t get overloaded.
By knowing that you have a dedicated time slot coming up that you are free to do as you wish makes it far easier to put a big burst of energy into the habit or task you’re doing.
Work Out Why You Aren’t Able To Get Started
This is a great technique to try to understand more about yourself. What is stopping you from actually making start on the task ahead or the good habit that you wish to develop?
Sometimes you just have to stop and think in order to come up with a solution.
What are your excuses? How can you fix it?
If you don’t look at your bad habits (and lack of good habits) in a realistic manner you won’t be able to affect change.
Use An Accountability Tool
This is a great tool that not only serves as a reminder about what you should be doing but also confirms how much you have actually achieved.
There are two ways I can suggest that you use an accountability tool:
- A physical calendar – Purchase a calendar and a marker pen, then simply go to a date in the future and put an X on it using the marker. This can signify a date you wish to be able to look at to be sure that you have accomplished a specific goal.
- Use an app on your smartphone – There are goal tracking apps in the app store such as Momentum, Strides, Productive for iOS and Streaks. Apps can be great to use to help track your progress, keep you on your toes and ensure that you make the habit stick.
You have now set yourself a target to reach by a chosen date. A deadline can put pressure on us but at the same time we tend to act better if we know that we have to complete a task by a certain day.
Isn’t that how many of us were in school? We just procrastinate and then when the project is due, we work our butts off to complete it in time. Now that we’re adults, we don’t set deadlines for our goals so they never seem to get accomplished.
Habit Bull App
There’s another app that claims it can easily break bad habits such as smoking, drinking or nail biting while helping you build positive habits like fitness, meditation or reading.
That would be the Habit Bull app. This app acts in a similar way to the Calendar Technique mentioned above. Here’s the process within the app:
- When you have created an account you then enter in the name of the habit that you wish to start.
- Once created you then log in each day to record your progress and confirm that you have completed the task for that particular date.
- A circle is then placed around the date of completion.
I find that seeing a run of dates that I have completed on my smartphone really helps keep me motivated and keeps my mind focused. Seeing a streak gives me a lot of encouragement to continue for as many dates as possible.
You can also use the Habit Bull app and the Calendar Technique to track how long you have stopped a bad habit as well. So it’s useful in different ways.
After 21 consecutive days of either stopping a bad habit or starting a good one, you can move on to another one.
What good habits do you wish to start doing and what bad habits do you want to stop?