7 steps for more joyful work+life balance: Become a master of habits
We all know how difficult it can be to form a new habit. We are so set in our ways, and as much as we’d like to change what we do, we often struggle with sticking to a new routine or new way of life.
That’s why it’s just as important to acknowledge your own fallibility and set yourself up for succeeding with new habits as it is to determine what those new habits should be.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: LEARN WHAT MAKES HABITS LAST
There are 5 key elements to habit-forming that can help you succeed in pursuing your goals.
1) Share it. People who share their goals are much more likely to stick to them for the sake of accountability
2) Measure it. Consider what the definition of success is for your new goal, and keep track of whether you met that criteria daily.
3) Work on one habit at a time. As much as we all want to see massive change instantly, you are much more likely to succeed at a new habit if you solely focus on that change and no others until you’ve got it down.
4) Do it daily. Daily rituals are much easier to stick to, because they help us understand that the new change needs to happen no matter what. It’s much easier to let a new habit slide if you have some days you can be “off” because you’re much more likely to let it slip without a constant commitment to it.
5) Re-asses and get back on track when you falter. We all make mistakes and likely along the way you will too. But the key to succeeding at your new habit is not letting your setbacks derail you. Simply get back on track. Give yourself at least a month to focus on your new habit and adjust your expectations as needed.
STOP AND PLAN
Consider how you can master your new habits putting into practice these tips. Where will you track your new habits? Who will keep you accountable? Choose a theme each month of what you are trying to accomplish and be reasonable and supportive with yourself. Joining a support group, hiring a coach, regularly checking in with friends on similar journeys, or finding a community of like-minded cheerleaders are good ways to help keep you on track as well.
“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – George Lucas