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Building and sustaining habits

Would you like to change your daily routine to a more productive one, but find it difficult to stick to it every day? Do you struggle to find the motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Also, do you make a to-do list but never cross things off of it?

Well, you are not alone. We all experience frustration when we are unable to change our everyday habits. When we start to adopt a new habit, it takes up a lot of our energy and concentration, which is why some habits are hard to develop and also because it is inherent to human nature to choose the easy path. If you're determined to keep going, establish a routine. There is no doubt that successful people adhere to a routine religiously.

Habits and their impact on our lives

Our daily habits or routines determine a large portion of our lives. The routines we follow in our daily lives become familiar over time. This repetition of certain behaviors is called a "habit" that we automatically follow. We are defined by our habits. Our habits shape our personality, consciousness, and, ultimately, our conduct. There are consequences associated with these behaviors, whether they are good or bad. When we put in the effort and patience, we can change our habits.

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Overcoming bad habits and breaking the cycle.

While all habits are not necessarily bad, you might want to get rid of unwanted ones. It is necessary to step outside your comfort zone to change your daily attitude because a bad routine is when you feel overconfident, apprehensive, and unsuccessful.

Don't rationalize your self-sabotage by saying, "It's in my nature." It just brings your hopes down. Instead, recite the mantra "I can do it" and be aware of the authority you can have over yourself. For starters, make a routine. We all have an end goal, but what some of us do not have is a detailed plan to achieve it.

When we don't have a clear plan to follow, we become demotivated and confused. You should therefore outline what, when, and where you will accomplish your goals. Don't wait for another day to start working on your plans. The only time to start is now. Exercise restraint and fall in love with the process, and when you finally earn it, recognize and congratulate yourself on small victories.

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Where to start?

Nobody ever achieves success all at once. Baby steps should be taken while establishing new behaviors because good habits are difficult to form and easy to abandon. While these small tasks may not yield immediate results, they are crucial for your long-term success.

Don't rush into anything major out of impatience. Planning is very important to your development. Practicing basic things every day and making them a part of your life will help you develop your skills.

While the first few days can be stressful and uncomfortable, you will eventually notice differences, so you must persevere until you finish. Willpower and discipline in your life are essential to a sound routine, they will help you avoid procrastination and bring you one step closer to your dream.

For instance, many writers want to become best-selling authors, but only a few write regularly, so if a person gives time and energy to change their attitude toward their life, nothing stops them from reaching their goal.

How to remain motivated?

We all reach a point in our lives when external motivation isn't enough and our courage starts to fade away. Remind yourself where you started and where you want to go. If you allow your old habits to take over, the slow steps you took to build the habit will crumble.

Consider where you see yourself in the future and how small things will add up to make all the difficulties you faced worthwhile. Whether you want to lose weight, get good grades, or be named employee of the month, it all comes down to your habits, which make you the master of your own life.

Healthy routines and habits

Building good habits is a gradual process that requires patience and commitment.

You should incorporate a few positive habits into your daily routine, such as getting up early, cleaning your bed, eating healthily, exercising, and finding a new interest.

Your objectives and choices are reinforced when you develop a habit or when you spend hours breaking free from the cycle of bad habits such as scrolling your phone for hours, postponing work for tomorrow, and obsessing over fake scenarios in your free time.

All this time could be utilized for learning a new language, journaling your day, trying out a new recipe, or picking up on writing again. It may take weeks or months to form a good habit, but only a few hours of action to break it; therefore, don't let the streak of good habits die easily.

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Final thoughts

Following a routine may sound tedious and difficult, but what's the fun if you can accomplish your goal in one shot? Also, if you build your habits, you won't have to rely on short-term motivation, and you will feel that the journey to your goal is very easy and natural.

It's never too late to start pursuing your goals, so when you awaken the following morning, just visualize the kind of life you want to lead. Follow routines that genuinely put you on the right path, then let your heart guide you toward your goals.

About the author

Priti Kumari Rajak is a new content writer with an English major. She was born on May 26, 2003, in Kharagpur, West Bengal, and is currently in Bhubaneswar for her graduation. She reads a lot and could probably talk about books all day. She is always eager to learn new skills and never cowers away from hard work. She is a dedicated and orderly individual who has a passion for writing.

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