How to make and keep good habits?
December 29, 2011 4:24 PM Subscribe
ResolutionFilter: I really want to start slowly adopting new, healthier habits. As it usually does, the inspiration has hit me just before New Years. But I don't want to make a resolution, I want to establish habits that I can keep. I've tried before, but here's where I always fall down: how do I make the new habits stick? They never actually make it to the "habit" stage for me.
posted by duien to health & fitness (29 answers total) 71 users marked this as a favorite
I've tried Health Month, but I tend to overcommit. I'll do fine for a few months, but eventually too many new habits pile up. I haven't really established the habit by the end of the month, so the next month, I'm really establishing two new habits.
I think part of the reason the new habits don't stick is that I don't integrate them into my schedule. If I'm trying to make a completely new daily habit, such as daily exercise, how should I figure out how to fit it in my schedule?
I'm planning on getting an Up (activity tracker thing from Jawbone) once they're on sale again to help with "get x hours of sleep" type habits.
Any other suggestions for establishing good habits that are really integrated into your life?