After creating simple habits to change in your life, take a step back and look at the results. This is where you can decide if you will continue this habit or if it might be time to call it quits or adjust part of it.
When a New Habit Doesn’t Work
First, every new habit you start will not be something you stick with forever. Some absolutely will and will change your life for the better. But just like other things you attempt in your life, they will not all be perfect from beginning to end.
It is okay to take a step back, consider where you are, and whether or not one of your new habits is working for you. This doesn’t mean you chose a bad habit, but it doesn’t work for you personally, your schedule, your lifestyle, or where you are right now. Remember that your priorities and goals can change as you go through life, and it’s okay for your habits to change along with them.
Did You Give it Enough Time?
Give it enough time before you decide to ditch or change one of your new habits. The amount of time changes depending on the type of habit and your personal goals. 30 days is a reasonable amount of time. The habit has grown long enough that you did it every day, and by now, you should have reached a point where you didn’t even need to think about it.
However, if you have been doing one habit for 2 months, and you still don’t see any benefits, or it still feels like pulling teeth every time you get up to do it, then maybe it isn’t the right one for you.
Tracking Your Progress and Making Changes
This is why tracking your new habits is so important. You can see how long you have been doing it, if you have been consistent, and how it benefits you. When you start a new job and do the work, you expect to be paid for your efforts. The same applies when you work hard on a new habit or goal, and it just doesn’t pay off in the end. You want to choose habits you can keep track of and that will have some type of benefit for you.
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