How to Form a Habit

Studies have found that American teenagers are two and half times more likely to experience elevated enjoyment when engaged in a hobby than when watching T.V., and three times more likely when playing a sport.  Yet these same teenagers spend four times as many hours watching T.V as they do engaging in sports or hobbies.

So why do we spend time doing the things that don’t make us as happy as we could be?

As positive psychologist, Shawn Achor puts it, “Active leisure is more enjoyable, but it always requires more initial effort.”

And what defines effort?

Time.

Is this why you’ve been putting of going to the gym?  Despite the massive benefits you already know come with working out…

Is this why you’re not starting that new hobby you’ve always wanted to?  Even though you know you’d feel better doing what it is you’ve been wanting to do, or try.

So, then the big question is, “How can I get past this?”  “How can I make myself do the things I don’t have the time to do?”

And that’s what this Vlog aims to tackle by sharing two, easy strategies you can incorporate daily.

First, we are going to go over why (in the blog) this happens, and how you can get yourself up-and moving-to do the things you have been putting off, (in the video).

1. Understand Your “Why”

Awareness.

Imagine your outside and God forbid you see someone throwing a pebble at you.  What is your initial reaction? (besides running after them and throwing them down lol) You’re most likely going to move out of the way or block/shield yourself because you had the ability to see it coming. You understood that the impact of the rock could harm you in some way.

An “awareness” factor is for you to know that a big reason why you are not going to the gym instead of watching T.V., or why you’re not starting that hobby that you’ve been wanting to is because our brains are mere bundles of “habits.”

Without bringing in too much neuroscience, the reality is what we do daily is so automatic, we don’t think about the role they play in shaping our behavior.

An example of this would be brushing your teeth in the morning, putting your clothes on in the morning (or throwing your robe on for hours), washing your face and putting on your night time creams bed etc…

These are things our minds are so habitually trained to do – that we rarely think about it, and have to force ourselves because they are that automatic.

Knowing that the things you do and don’t do, are habits, gives you the ability to recognize and change the routine.

It’s not necessarily that you’re not doing things because your lazy or you don’t have time – it’s that your behavior is doing what the easiest action for you to do is, and that you’re not creating the idea and action to create the time until it becomes a habit.

2. How to Form Habits

I compiled this short video that gives you easy shifts you can incorporate into your daily routine that will train your brain to perform a new habit – without you even having to think about.

Watch my vid to learn the tricks!

**This applies to learning simple daily habits, and NOT life altering decisions (i.e. quitting your job).

As stated in the video, an easier way to form habits, is to learn how to make them easier and more convenient for you until they become so automatic so that you don’t even have to think about it anymore.

Below is a link if you’d like to learn more about how habits are formed, and suggestions on how to form new ones, check out The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg!

P.S.  What habit have you been wanting to form, but have putting off?

xo,

Crystal