Whether you bite your nails, smoke, leave fingernail clippings on the bathroom sink, or leave the gas on near empty after using your spouse’s car-we all have shortcomings and things that we wish to change about ourselves.
We know that deep inside of you, there is a person that wants to stop practicing these habits. Right? But how do to it?
We recommend 3 simple and easy steps:
1. Observe When You Do Them
Is it when you’re stressed, or bored, or hungry? Figuring out when and why you bite your nails or why you keep forgetting to refill the car is the most essential part of understanding your habits. You may be practicing them under certain circumstances or feelings you are attached to, so if you figure these things out you are on the good way towards stopping.
2. Note When You Do Them
Writing can always make things sink in more clearly, and it also helps in establishing a baseline of emotions and can pinpoint what’s going through your head whenever you practice any of these habits. You should keep a “habit log” for at least a week to keep record of when you do them, as recognizing your habits and being one step closer to controlling them.
3. Use Signage
If you have a bad habit of leaving tea bags on the kitchen counter, try placing a “NO Teabags Allowed” signs on the kitchen cabinet-or maybe your spouse will even do this for you. Or if you always leave the garage door open (something I use to do) post up a sign on the inside of the entrance door by the open/close button entitled, “Close Garage Now”, so that before you exit you’ll have a quick reminder not to encourage thieves to steal your car and garage supplies. 🙂
Don’t let your habits define you. Start having full control over what you do-and how you do it!