Breaking habits or making new ones
To form new habits we first need to recognise what our existing ones are and take them out of our unconscious auto-pilot behaviour. How can we do this? There are many schools of thought on this topic, but a very plausible and easy to apply method is to start with very small changes and realise later – looking back - what an enormous ripple effect making these small steps can have. So instead of making big sweeping plans, like going to the gym five times a week, running a marathon in 2022 or becoming top of the class, some simple changes can make us more conscious of what we do in our day as they disrupt our habits in a small enough way to be effortless. Some tips to start with are:
- To get up 30 minutes earlier every day than we do now. The extra time will give us a better grip on our day as it will bring some precious minutes alone to think about and prepare our day.
- To do something new everyday; from watching a TedTalk, listen to a podcast or read a new blog on TalksforTeens (sic), to reaching out to an old friend, make a new one, try a new food or go for a jog (no pressure).
- To change the position of our desk or sit at a diffrent end of it when working or studying from home. This creates a surprising new outlook, literally. Because our habits do absolutely include always sitting at the same place at the table and looking at the same thing all the time in our workspaces. Try sitting in ‘someone else’s’ seat at the dinner table, for example, and this will make immediately clear how anchored people are to ‘their’ seat and how awkward things may become if they are ‘forced’ to sit in another seat (just saying….)
These 3 super simple steps could well create new habits, slowly, without us realising. After all, what we want and who we are is not expressed by what we say or what we want, but solely by what we do. Want to know what sort of person you are? Keep tab of your daily routines and a clear picture will soon emerge.
So now, being in week 1 of our resolutions honeymoon, we are still optimistic about the big changes we want and are going to make in 2022 and maybe some of us are actually doing it. But if you – like the other 80% - are giving up on your resolutions by mid February, then think how the easy and small changes can maybe do the trick too, or probably better.