Once you commit to starting a new habit, the hard part is maintaining it. Reminding yourself to repeat the new behavior may be the best way to keep it up. In the past, I have written notes to myself and posted them in places where I would be likely to relate them to the new habit. Unfortunately, they turn into wallpaper after a while and I would ignore them.
In The Clutter Book: When You Can’t Let Go, I refer to “hooking” a new behavior to one you already have. My challenge is flossing my teeth. I can’t explain why I don’t do it; I have the tools, I have the skills, I just never committed to it. Sure, the week before my dentist appointment I’d floss like a maniac, but I didn’t keep it up afterward.
Last week I decided that it’s time to start flossing daily. My goal is to do it once a day, when I brush my teeth before bed. If I don’t do it, I have to make a deliberate choice and not just shrug it off because I don’t feel like it. One night I got back out of bed because I forget and two nights I put the toothbrush down and got the floss because I overlooked a step.
In fact, I’m so proud of myself, I want to start another habit. I know, however, that you need to work on one new behavior at a time. It makes sense to take on a new challenge only after you’ve fully integrated the previous one.
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