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Because even if you feel you have established the habit, if you are not careful you can fall off the wagon. As promised now I'd like to explore how we can get back on the wagon and sustain a habit.
Once you have done it for a while it's true, it gets easier. But just as I had shared last time, if you miss twice in a row the chance that you fall off the wagon increases tremendously.So here are 3 tips on how to get back on the wagon after falling off and 5 tips on how to sustain the habit in the future
Then the habit is the vehicle on how to reach that goal and is part of a bigger scheme. By reviewing your priorities in life and figuring out where this habit fits in, you will be re-inspired and motivated again to get back on the wagon and establish the habit again.
This could be bad habits or mindless routines that we have acquired. For example, you try to do too much: Instead of trying to keep your whole office clutter free from one day to the next, commit first to clean your desk every night and only later expand out and eventually keep your whole office tidy.
Another booby trap could be if you struggle with paper clutter but you have the bad habit of printing out every single email you receive. Do you feel this is helping you getting a handle on your paper or hindering or even sabotaging you?
For example, if you wanted to be up-to-date with your finances instead of freaking out at tax season, you would put in let's say 30 minutes a week to make sure your files are in order and if you do your own bookkeeping that your books are up to date.How much time you need for this task depends of course on how many files you generate during the week, but 30 minutes is a good start. In the beginning, you might need more time to catch up on your backlog, or once you are all caught up you might need less than 30 minutes.
If you have a nice chain of doing something for so many days, let's say 20 days, you are more motivated to not break the chain when you see this than if you have no idea how long you do it and if you did it on a regular basis or not.
When you do this for a while, you will get used to doing the new habit right after and it needs less energy and motivation to keep it up.
For example, if I wanted to eat clean and healthy but fell off the wagon and ate something unhealthy one day, I would feel like a failure and as a result binge-eat all kinds of unhealthy stuff. Why bother since I ate already that one thing right?
A better approach is to get right back on track and to make sure to not miss twice in a row.
Just because I ate one unhealthy thing doesn't make the whole project nill and void, that's flat-out sabotaging ourselves. I know that but can't always overcome my perfectionism, can you relate?
Acknowledging that we reached a milestone is important to keep us motivated to move on. It's the kinder approach than pushing ourselves constantly.In addition, if we celebrate our progress, we can at the same time review how far we've come and then recommit to our goal. Because we just accomplished a milestone we can use this win as fuel to keep us going.
To do this more effectively, make sure you have small enough and frequent enough milestones to celebrate to keep your spirit up to move forward.
It's a bit sad in a way but that's how human nature is. Unless we have high self-integrity, it's easy to let ourselves get away with not doing something even though we had planned to do so. The minute you tell someone that you will do the task you feel more obligated to actually do it to 'save face'.
Hit reply and let me know which one of the tips resonates the most with you and also if you have any tips to add to the list.
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