Tackling One Habit at a Time
Posted April 11, 2008on:
Leo at zenhabits posted the other day about what I would call “self-improvement overload”. He recommends that when trying to break a bad habit (smoking, sleeping too late, blogging too much 🙂 or trying to instill a new habit (flossing, emptying your inbox, making your bed, etc.) you take it one habit at a time.
He says it takes 30 days for the new behavior to really take hold; I’ve read elsewhere that it takes 21 days. In any case, my first reaction was: only one habit a month?? I’ll only have 12 new good habits at the end of a whole year?? oh no!!
Then I took a breath and thought about what it would be like three months from now if I successfully integrated three new positive habits into my daily life. I’m guessing it would be pretty great.
The challenge now is to pick the first habit to work on!