Does the below list of virtuous activities inspire you? Intimidate you? Make you wish you did some (or all) of them more?
Hi, welcome to Monday. Today, we’re talking habits — good ones, that is — and how to form a lasting relationship with them.
There’s a pervading theory that it takes just 21 days to create a habit, which sounds manageable enough. Yet if you’ve ever really gotten into a long-lasting routine, you’ll know it takes more than several weeks of activity to make it ritual. Heck, it’s taken us years to adjust to a pre-9 AM wake up (and it’s still hard).
HuffPo contributor James Clear writes:
"On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances … In other words, if you want to set your expectations appropriately, the truth is that it will probably take you anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behavior into your life — not 21 days."
Ugh. Sound hard? Well, despair not, future carb-shunners and triathletes. Lift is here, and it’s kinda genius.
Lift is an app designed to help facilitate and encourage positive habits on a longterm basis. Download it — it’s free — and you’re prompted not only to invite / “find” friends (to help support you, although we prefer to find our best self without our Facebook comrades cheering us on) but search a wide array of common habits, sorted by category. From diet to fitness, we’re pretty sure you can find almost any upstanding thing to do.
(ED NOTE: BRUSH TEETH IN THE MORNING?? COME ON.)
Upon selecting the habit(s) of your choice — we’re ticking off “Read” and “No screens after 10 PM” — you can start tracking your progress immediately. It’s easy: Every time you partake in the habit, you “check in,” a rewarding ritual that’s a strangely gratifying way to track progress. If you’re not the self-starter type, you can set reminders (ie guilt triggers), down to the day and time. So at 10 PM, Monday-Friday we’ll be reminded: No screens!
So, this Monday, give yourself some help in the habit-forming game and download Lift. What habits will you form before the holidays?