Whether you bite your nails, smoke, leave fingernail clippings on the bathroom sink, or spend an hour engaged in non-productive activities when you get into the office in the morning…habits are hard to change.
But they CAN change… but how do we do this?
How do we begin to turn 25-year old daily habits into things of the past?
1. Observe When You Do Them
Do you find yourself engaged in these habits when you’re stressed, or bored, or hungry? Figuring out WHEN and WHY you bite your nails, or why you keep leaving your keys in your locked car is the most essential part of understanding your habits. You may be doing these things under certain circumstances and feelings you are attached to. If you figure your “when” and “why’s” you’ve taken the first step on the road to conquering them.
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. You can begin having full control over what you do-and how you do it!