Have you all seen the pin going around that looks like the one above? You know how they say (whoever they are) that it takes 21 days to make a habit? Well now there's a simple way to count it down and see progress. You take Post It notes and number them 1-21 and then stick them to a door post. Every day when you have completed your task you get to rip one off!
I started one for working out and for the first 6 I got up at 6am and walked around my park. Yesterday, day 7, I woke up with a horrible headache, but I wanted to be able to pull off that Post It so I did sit ups and planks and marched in place while watching "Mad Men". Today however, I was back at it, walking around the park! So far the system is working!
If you want to use the Post-It system I have a couple of tips:
-This is a good time to go back and look at your goals for the year and find one you've been slacking on (or haven't even started), and use this as your motivation to get going.
- If you're anything like me, about 3 days in you'll start thinking of other habits you want to make and how you should use the Post-Its for them as well. I would advise you to wait before trying to squeeze another habit in. From everything I've researched about forming habits it is extremely difficult to build more than one at a time. You can end up feeling overwhelmed and end up accomplishing nothing. Instead, write down the next habit you want to make and schedule it for the next 21 days. Just remember, there's always another 21 days!