Five Steps to Build Habits that Stick

By: Audrey Thomas

The end of the year is in sight! Perhaps you’ve started thinking about new habits you want to adopt in the New Year. Here are some tried-and-true strategies for developing a new habit—so that it actually sticks.

  1. Break it down. It may be overwhelming to think about quitting your habit of constantly checking email, but try easing into it: allow yourself to check email once every 15 minutes, then every 30 minutes, etc.
  2. Consistency is key. Writers often say they must write every day—it doesn’t have to be worthwhile content, but maintaining the daily practice is what matters. Whatever it is, keep doing it.
  3. Write it down. Research on goalsetting says you’re more likely to follow through if you write it down—even more likely if you create a deadline for accomplishing it.
  4. Tell someone. Identify someone to keep you accountable to your goals, which increases your chances of success. Choose a friend who is supportive and encouraging to be in your corner.
  5. Reward yourself. Whether along the way or once you’ve crossed the proverbial (or literal!) finish line, make sure to reward yourself. I’m always motivated by chocolate!

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