In the past month, I have been working on developing a new habit. With no job and a lot of time on my hands, I decided it was necessary to work on something that I have done in the past, but not regularly enough to form a habit. The habit I decided on in order to make myself more productive, is to accomplish three tasks every day. Seems easy right? It is easy, but I had to make sure it was manageable in order to develop it as a habit. If you choose something to work on that's too hard, then you will most likely drop it in about a week or so. At least that's what's happened to me in the past!!
Here's how my habit works:
1. Establish a trigger event to spark my memory:
After I brush my teeth every night, I go to my bed side to write down my three tasks that I am going to accomplish the following day.
2. Physical reminder:
I write the tasks down on a little notebook so that I won't forget what they are, and it serves as a visual reminder to complete tasks for that day.
As I complete the tasks for the day, I cross them off. This helps me feel more productive and I know what I have accomplished that day.
Here are some examples of my notebook. Most day's I write down more than three tasks, but try to always accomplish at least three tasks.
There have been a few days where I have only accomplished two tasks, but I just keep going because IT'S OKAY!! The most important thing is that I'm establishing a new habit. I don't have to be perfect at it, I just want to keep developing it as a habit because it has aided me in being more productive and ultimately happier. Little habits can be very effective. If you want to try something new, make sure that you can achieve it. Dedicating a small amount of time everyday to something that you want to incorporate into your life can and will become an ingrained habit for the rest of your life.