Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Making New Habits

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 ├ůsa 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!
10 Comments leave a comment

Peggy R said ...
Hi Alice; I don't know if this qualifies as creating a habit, however I have read several times that if you want to get something done, set a timer and allow yourself 20 minutes to do it or whatever amount of time you need. Then set the timer after you have completed the task for 15 minutes and reward yourself with a break. Have a great day. This allows you to manage time and feel like you have accomplished something.
7/2/2014 12:11 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Peggy R ... Productivity tips are welcome! Sometimes I use a variant of this one. If I'm sick of working on something and want to goof off for a bit, I'll set a 15 minute alarm to let me know the goofing off is done, otherwise I may never get back to the project I was working on.
7/4/2014 10:21 PM

ann said ...
I love this tip and plan to use it immediately, well, except for the cold coffee part. I like my coffee hot unless I'm having iced coffee. And speaking of coffee where did you get the cute mug?

7/3/2014 11:50 AM

futuregirl replied ...
ann ... The cute mug was purchased at Sanko in San Francisco's Japantown. It doesn't have a logo or company name on it ... not even in Japanese. I will warn you, don't do a "Japanese Owl Mug" google image search, because it's DANGEROUS! I just lost the last 15 minutes of my life. :)
7/4/2014 10:18 PM

Mia said ...
Great to see a Swedish author mentioned in your blog!
From a Swedish follower.
7/3/2014 7:47 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Mia ... Yay! I want her to be popular in the USA so they translate her other books. :)
7/4/2014 10:05 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Mia ... I also want a remote cabin in Kiruna now. ;)
7/4/2014 10:06 PM

Laura said ...
Well, if you're like me and enjoy gamifying things, there's a site called HabitRPG that lets you set up tasks to complete and earn points when you do, so you can level up and dress up your character and silly stuff like that. It helps me out, personally.
7/3/2014 7:56 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Laura ... Sounds fun! I've used some habit-building apps that I liked, too - Smart Goals, HabitBull, and Raise the Bar.
7/4/2014 10:09 PM
Kimmifer said ...
I find that associating new habits with existing ones is what works best for me. And usually setting out some sort of reminder. For example, I have a bunch of supplements that I have to take every day. The only way I remember to take them is if I set them out with my coffee mug the night before.
3/16/2015 4:34 PM


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