I recently came across a bit of advice about forming new habits. I read that to successfully build a new habit you need to make it easy to incorporate into your life. Two ways to do that are:
- do it right before or right after a current habit
- give yourself a reason to look forward to the habit
I've wanted to get up a little earlier each morning to give myself time to relax before jumping into the day, so I tried it out.
(p.s. you're welcome ... I photoshopped out my oatmeal. wow, it looked awful)
Every night, before I go to bed, I measure out the oatmeal and make a cup of coffee and put it in the fridge (I drink my coffee cold). WITHOUT FAIL, I have gotten up at my new wake up time because I look forward to eating the oatmeal. It feels like magic.
A big bonus is that I also have time to read a little as I eat my breakfast. If you like crime novels, I can't recommend Åsa Larsson's series that features Rebecka Martinsson highly enough. Only four of her novels have been translated from Swedish to English and I'm looking forward to the other two coming out here.
I also love my brand new owl mug. Such a cheerful way to start each morning!
Do you have any great tips for creating habits? I'd love to hear them!