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How to develop a good daily routine?

Asked by Khajuria9 (2141points) April 9th, 2015

Friends, its been like forever since I have been thinking about making a lifelong change of good habits and keep them with me forever. There’s a long wish-list of things that I would like to do. Every single day, I wake up with the intention of working nicely but no, I keep on procrastinating for no apparent reasons. Would you like to say if there is any such possibility for me to change and be a better person ?

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hominid's avatar

Pick one thing from the wish-list, and store the list away in a drawer. Take that one thing and integrate it into your reminder system (whatever that may be – phone, paper calender, bathroom mirror, writing on hand). Agree to do whatever it is that you have chosen for today only. Just today. Then tomorrow, do the same thing.

For example, if walking for 30 minutes per day is one of goals, just try to walk today. If you don’t have 30 minutes and you only have 10 minutes, walk for 10 minutes. Tomorrow, you will do the same. And then the next day. Doing develops the habit. It’s challenging to see it this way sometimes. We want to completely embrace a new habit before actually doing it, and we expect it to stick. Don’t try to convince yourself that you’re going to walk every day. You’re only going to walk today – and more specifically, right now. Eventually, you’ll have strung enough “right nows” together that the new activity has worked itself into the rhythm of your life in a way that habitual.

Also, think about what you are asking of yourself. “I need to walk 30 minutes every day for the rest of my life”. Then, you likely add all kinds of “what if” scenarios that involve both positive and negative outcomes. That’s some heavy sh*t. But anyone can walk do something once. If walking for 30 minutes per day is your item on the list you choose, you are only committing to do this now. And that is far more manageable. No lifetime of worry or expectations to manage. Just now.

Not that you need to concern yourself right now with the next step, but this would only involve repeating the process with the next item on your long list once the habit has stuck.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Nike says it best – just do it. There are no tricks…you have to take it upon yourself to just do it until it becomes a habit. You’re going to have to put some effort into it. Make one change at a time and make it happen.

johnpowell's avatar

Reward yourself. If you work out for seven days get a pedicure.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I always liked Mao’s quote. “A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” Or something like that. The idea is to break it down to small chunks and don’t tackle everything at once. And nice to see you again. :)

Safie's avatar

Simple for starters you need discipline you can’t have a good daily routine without it…Then take it one step at a time.

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