One of the biggest problems we face when forming a new positive habit is procrastination. We’ve all done this: we’re trying to meditate or exercise, but we’re tired or busy. So we put it off, and then the next day we do it again, and soon we’ve just dropped the new habit.
It’s easier to put off the habit than to just do it, right?
What’s the solution?
Ideally, you want to be sticking to any habit that you know is good for you. If you need to take vitamins every day or do a daily walk, you want to be able to ‘just do it’.
No fuss, no problem. And be the same way with anything — finances or tasks you have to do at home or work.
So what’s the quick and simple secret?
Follow these easy rules:
- Know what ‘small action’ you need to take in order to take care of yourself (for health, work, finances, etc.).
- Understand when you’re supposed to do it, and when the time comes, simply do it.
- If you are tempted to skip the habit because of tiredness, busy-ness or stress, think about the ‘slippery slope’ that you’re going down if you skip it. Visualize the long-term consequences of not doing this habit — not just this once, but ever again! You know what happens to people who don’t have this habit.
- Tell yourself that compared to the misery at the end of the ‘slippery slope’, simply doing it now is much, much better. It’s potentially two minutes of easy work vs years of dreadful stuff.
- Then say, “You’re not getting into that. It’s just two minutes. Do it now.”