Tips to turn an action into a habit. This can be used in ALL aspects of your life; work, gym, diet! I’m going to start with a little anecdote so you get where I’m coming from, and see how I turned a small action into a habit (albeit not the best habit, but still…)
I HATE coffee. Correction- hated*. I literally never drank it, didn’t like the taste of it and just didn’t really see the point- I felt even when I did drink it (in those blue moons) I didn’t get that buzz of energy that everyone seems to get when they’re DYING for a latte darling. Hashtag basic. Joking!
I started to drink more coffee when I was living in Sydney, Australia. This was because the ‘coffee’ I chose tended to be covered in whipped cream and went by the name of Sugar-Free Caramel Frappacino from Starbucks #extrabasic. I used to get one when I passed Starbs everyday before work as a little ‘pick me up’… (then wondered why I was so bad at saving (and getting a little soft round the edges too…) – Starbucks Australia why does a Frappaccino cost the same as a small house?) Anyway, I then moved on to having a Soy Flat White every break-time at work, just because my friend did and at the same time each day for about 2 weeks straight, we went together. Then, after those 2 weeks, if I didn’t do it, it felt weird.
Moral of the story is, if you do something for at least two weeks, every single day- it becomes habit. Now I drink a black Americano at 8:45am every day before work, just because it’s habit! And I don’t even like coffee!!
Lets stop talking about coffee. But you can take this into all aspects of life. They say that if you want to give up chocolate or a sugary treat, you have to avoid it for 2 weeks and then you won’t get those cravings anymore. I don’t know who ‘they’ are but they obviously haven’t got my sweet tooth because that seems very unlikely. HOWEVER, for the majority of things, I believe that roughly after 2 weeks of practicing something each day, it can become your habit.
If you want to get more committed to the gym, go every day for 2 weeks (including rest day, always rest when your body needs it) and I can assure you you’ll be back in the swing of things and ready to keep going regularly to the gym (inserting another anecdote here- one of my besties hadn’t been to the gym in ages, was eating rubbish and felt crap. We had a big chat, I kicked her up the ass a bit, she went to the gym consistently that week, prepped all her meals- and is now feeling much better and is continuing this routine!)
If you want to get more fibrous foods and micronutrients into your diet, make a green veggie smoothie every day for a snack for 2 weeks. You’ll end up wanting to keep those veggies and nutrients in your daily food intake. If you want to get more sleep, do a little home relaxing yoga routine before bed every day for 2 weeks, or turn your phone off at a certain time each evening to rest your brain! for 2 weeks. I bet that you’ll find yourself continuing these actions after those 2 weeks have finished. Therefore, becoming part of your daily routine! I don’t always like going to the gym, especially after a long day at work. But even if I wasn’t on prep, I’d still go when tired, just because it’s routine for me and I always feel better after a session. We can make positive changes to our lifestyles just by making small changes to our daily habits and routines.
When you’re feeling down or feel so far away from a long term goal, it’s hard to think positively about reaching it. But if you make small changes, make micro-goals and stick to those, you’ll get closer and closer to your long-term goal without even realising. Making those small changes resulting in new habits, will help you to reach your goals that much faster!