New habits are very major life changes and should not be taken lightly. They require an enormous amount of discipline and mental energy to build, and you don't want to overwhelm yourself.
Only commit to one new habit at a time, and give yourself at least a one month buffer zone between new habits.
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Your timeline is how often you want to practice your new habit; it’s your recurring goal. For example, meditate for 30 minutes per day.
A short timeline can be overwhelming, and a long timeline won't give you enough practice. For best results, use a weekly timeline: mediate for 3 hours per week.
A good weekly timeline isn't overwhelming and will give you some “wiggle room” in your hectic schedule.
Keep your goals extremely small at the beginning, and then gradually increase them every week. Your initial goals should be so small that it would be impossible not to complete them:
Create a system to track your progress and hold yourself accountable. Don't try to build habits using only your mind and your willpower. Popular systems include:
Failure is normal and expected when building new habits. So you need to plan for failure, and you need to know exactly what you’re going to do when it happens so that you can recover quickly.
Write down 3 specific actions you can take when you fail, and how these actions will motivate you to try again. For example:
Working towards any goal is the most important thing you can do. The second most important is to read books about how to do it better.
Every person can read thirty minutes per day during the in-between times in their schedule. You can commit more, but you shouldn't commit less.