When it comes to getting the most out of every day, it seems like some people are just better at it. Though some people are simply more productive, it is possible to train yourself to be more like them. The secret is building strong habits. While it sounds simple, this can be one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Having daily habits can help you check things off your to-do list, keep track of a crazy schedule, and do wonders for your mental health! Here are some tips on how to make new habits stick:
- Keep at it for at least 3 or 4 weeks. This will make your daily task second nature and it will end up requiring less mental energy.
- Do it every day. It becomes far easier to commit to a new habit if you’re at it every day.
- Get a friend to join you. When you have someone to compare progress with and talk about your new habit with, you’re more likely to maintain a schedule! Even if you’re working on different tasks this helps.
- Keep track. It can be helpful writing down your habit and keeping track of progress in a calendar. For some people, having a visual reminder of what you’ve accomplished helps maintain motivation.
That being said, you cannot change every aspect of your life at the blink of an eye. It is a great idea to start small when it comes to building new habits. Don’t expect to change overnight! I have compiled a couple of smaller healthy habits for you to try:
- Drink a tall glass of water as soon as you get up in the morning. This will help you kickstart your hydration for the day and will get you feeling more alert and awake. If you need extra motivation to stay hydrated, keep fruit infused water in your fridge for a yummy twist to regular water!
- Say NO to the SNOOZE button! When your head hits the pillow again after snoozing, your body has the chance to go deeper into a whole new sleep cycle. If you allow yourself to sleep those extra few minutes, chances are you’ll wake up way more tired! It helps to put your alarm clock on the other side of the room so that you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
- Make your bed. This one is simple, but effective. When you come home from a long day at school, having your bed made can have a world of difference. Not only does your room feel exponentially cleaner, it takes under five minutes in the morning!
- Take at least 30 minutes before bed for yourself. Turn off your phone and take some time to read or pamper yourself with a bath or facemask. Set your alarm before this time, especially if you use your cell phone alarm. It is important to give your eyes and head a rest from light emitted from your phone before bed. This light stimulates your brain the same way natural morning light does, making it confusing for your brain and harder to fall asleep.
- Doing your homework right when you get back from school. This one can be hard. After a full day of school, the last thing many people want to do is homework. But right after school is when the information is the most fresh in your brain. Besides, this way you won’t be staying up late to finish your work and have the rest of the evening to relax!
The biggest piece of advice I have for you is to do it for yourself! If none of the habits I mentioned above appeal to you, create other healthy habits that fit your lifestyle. If you don’t succeed the first time, just keep trying and good luck!