Daily Dose of Living

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In today’s post we will discuss about how to maintain not quite daily habits. If you perform a certain task every day for weeks on end, it’s usually pretty easy to maintain. However, once you take a day or two off, it can be harder to start up again on your next “on” day. Here are few tips to keep maintaining good daily habits even if you fail sometimes :

  • Make it daily anyway. The first solution is to turn almost-daily habits into daily habits. Sometimes it’s no big deal to continue the habit even when it isn’t necessary, and the upside is that you’ll have a stronger habit with less risk of losing ground.
  • Use placeholder habits. For example, on your off days for exercise, you could still do something physical like walking, stretching, or yoga. This turns your physical development into an everyday practice, even though you’re doing different activities each day.
  • Chain Habits. So the idea is to put your not-quite-daily habits in the middle of a chain of daily habits. If you maintain the overall chain, you’ll probably find it easier to maintain the middle links as well, even though you sometimes skip them.
  • Make specific commitments. It’s very easy to fail when you give yourself too many outs and don’t really commit. On any given day, there should be no question as to whether you will or won’t perform your habitual activity. Ditch the mights, maybes, and shoulds. Either you will or you won’t. Decide in advance what it will be.
  • Turn habits into appointments. Get a workout buddy. Schedule early AM phone calls with another early riser. Plan home organizing time with your roommate(s) at the same time every week. Schedule regular babysitting for date nights with your spouse.

Hope this helps. Come back tomorrow for more inspiration.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. I like the idea of chain habits. When grouping a collection of habits, I feel more confident in finishing each task.

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    1. GS says:

      That is good to know. The productivity method commits you to completing a daily goal for an extended period of time. Each day that you complete your daily goal, you add an “x” to a calendar. Eventually, you build a chain of x’s that extends days, weeks, or months. This streak of accomplishments is increasingly rewarding and dissuades you from breaking the chain. Eventually you’re able to build a long-term habit like daily journaling or morning stretching.

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  2. ascott4321 says:

    Needed this, especially because I only work 3 days per week 🙃

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    1. GS says:

      Oh I am so glad you found my post useful Ascott. They key is to keep at it even on days when you don’t see the value in doing something.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing.

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      1. Always a joy and pleasure to read and share your posts with followers, My Dear! Have a great day!!
        xoxox 😘💕🎁🌹

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  3. Well…Make an appointment with your habits and show up

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    1. GS says:

      Yes that’s the trick Vincent.

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