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Year Of Improvement: How To Create Good Habits

The key to really improving your life? Creating habits that have a positive impact. Small changes to your daily routine can add up to improvements. But how do you actually develop and maintain good habits? It may seem easier said than done, but there are some effective ways to make them stick – and we’re sharing them all.

Habits can form without us even knowing and be hard to break (especially the ones that are bad for you). But some good habits require a bit more dedication to create and continue. Whether it’s eating healthier, working out, getting more sleep, or reading more, you just need to know how to start. (Luckily, we’re here to help.) So let’s make 2024 your year of improvement – and learn how to create good habits!



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How To Create Good Habits


1. Start Small

All habits begin as ideas, and translating those ideas and hopes into action begins with putting them on paper. Start by writing down the habits you wish to create. (It also helps to be specific, by saying “I will work out on Wednesdays and Fridays after work” instead of “I will work out regularly.”) From there, start with small steps. Commit to something for a few minutes or just one day a week, and then build from there. 



Connecting a new habit to an existing positive habit can be an effective way to keep it. For example, if you already wake up early, try incorporating a new habit of journaling, meditating, doing yoga, or making a healthy breakfast into your morning. For someone who regularly reads before bed, you could also plug in your phone and leave it outside the bedroom before you start reading to avoid doomscrolling in bed.


Even the best of us can be tempted to back out of a new habit. So removing temptations is a great way to help you keep your commitment. If you want to start eating healthy or drink more water, remove sweets, fatty foods, and sodas from your kitchen. Conversely, you also want to try and increase your triggers, or the things that will encourage you to stick to a habit. Triggers could be any type of little action, like leaving your workout clothes by the door or putting a journal on your bedside table. 


4. Follow The Four Laws of Behavior Change

And finally, there’s a simple set of rules we can use to build better habits. Just follow these four laws:


1. Make It Obvious – Foolproof and totally clear habits are simpler to start.

2. Make It Attractive – Make your habits appealing in some way.

3. Make It Easy – The easier the habit, the easier it is to keep up.

4. Make It Satisfying – Reward yourself for sticking to a habit.