Help That Habit Stick

by | Dec 4, 2017

It’s that time again; the time where we all set goals for the new year. These goals may include breaking some old habits, or adding some new ones.

It’s easy to set the goals, but a whole new challenge to stick with them. All too often, our resolutions fall to the wayside. However, there are steps you can take to prevent this and keep those new, productive habits.

In her article “These are the scientifically proven ways to make a habit stick“, Monica Torres lists some proven methods to stick with your goals:

  1. Break it down: Breaking down the new goal or habit into smaller steps will make it all the more manageable. Taking baby steps is more effective than trying to manage a new habit that may be daunting. For example; for the overall goal of getting back in shape, you can break it down into sub-goals such as eating more vegetables, getting more exercise, and sleeping more. Even those sub-goals and be further broken down.
  2. If-Then planning: What this means is to recognize a cause-and-effect relationship in the steps of your new habit you want to incorporate. Also, it entails integrating those steps into your everyday routine. Studies have shown that the more integrated the habit is into your regular day, the more likely you are to stick with it.

    To put this into practice, make a point to integrate your plan into your existing routine. Instead of thinking, ‘I will start writing my ambitious novel today,’ you add contextual cues of where and when you will write to make that statement into a fortified habit: ‘When I arrive home from work, I will write for an hour.” If it is 11 p.m., then I will power off my laptop and go to sleep.’

  3. Use your environment to help you succeed: Set yourself up for success! Use your surroundings to help you succeed. For example, if your goal is to stop watching TV on your laptop in bed at night, don’t keep your laptop in your bedroom. Instead, leave it in your briefcase or office space. Simply removing triggers such as this from your environment will make it easier to follow through with your new habit.


Image retrieved from Pixabay under the public domain.

Quote of the Day: Albert Schweitzer

The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds. -Albert Schweitzer I want to qualify this by saying that changing your attitude or thought pattern may not "fix" everything. No matter how...

Social Media and the Young Professional: Dos and Don’ts

Nowadays, it's hard to find anyone who isn't on social media. This is especially true for the younger populations. Sort of like a resume, your social media profiles offer a snapshot of who you are. Also like a resume, something negative on your social media accounts...

Quote of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. -Martin...

Coexisting with Coworkers

Oftentimes, coworkers can be the levity in your work day. It's great to get along with your coworkers, and it's even better when you work well together. However, it's practically impossible to go your entire career without working with a coworker who isn't as easy to...

Habits for Success

There are many things that factor into success. Everyone has their own practices to help them do their best at work, but there are a few that tend to work universally. It's important to develop your own unique routine to help you succeed and give your all at work....

International Women’s Day

Today is a significant day throughout the world; International Women's Day. In honor of this important day, I wanted to share a few of our favorite quotes from some trail-blazing, strong, wise women. Each of us are strong in our own way, and we all have our own...

Top Job Search Mistakes to Avoid as a Recent College Grad

Finding your first job out of college isn’t easy. Unemployment is currently at historic lows, and the competition for jobs in Boston is fierce. There are enough obstacles in place when it comes to finding a plum job that you never want to get in your own way. These...

Quote of the Day: Kristin Armstrong

Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want. -Kristin Armstrong Transition and change can be daunting and intimidating, but it...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!