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Creating good habits takes time, but getting started is the most important part...

Why not get started right here, right now?

Step 1. While we chip away at this website, try to identify the most important area (just one for now) in your life or in your career/business where you'd like to see things improve.

Step 2. Pick a small and easy-to-do activity that you can commit to each day and that will move you in the right direction. This can be learning about a topic, taking a small step, or making decisions (planning).

Step 3. Either make your daily habit time based and block out 5-10 minutes each day (ideally at the same time of day - this is especially true for something like meditation), or make it action-based. The key here is that it's really easy for you to do and also measurable (e.g. read 2 pages, write 2 sentences, do 1 pushup, etc.). This is your baseline. Doing more is not required, but simply a bonus.

Step 4. Repeat day after day, and try to maintain a running streak. Track this in your calendar or an app for additional reinforcement. If you miss a day, no problem, just pick up where you left off once you get a chance. There is no such thing as "falling off the wagon".

Step 5. (Optional) After one week of doing this, consider increasing your baseline slightly (e.g. go from reading 2 pages per day to reading 3 pages). You could keep increasing your baseline like this each week, but at some point you might be restricted by time or otherwise. If that's the case, no sweat (unless you're doing pushups) - just maintain your new habit with the same baseline. You can always change things later.

Forming a habit as described above sounds pretty easy (almost too easy) to do, and it sounds like it won't make a big difference. However this is actually something that's quite difficult for most people to keep up longer than a few weeks, unless you make it easy and don't give up just because you missed a day or two - just remember come back to it. Really, that's the hardest part. But it's exactly this "coming back" part that will make all the difference for this and other habits.

Basically, we're talking about persistence (not giving up), but don't think of persistence as something your born with, or not. Think of it as a skill you can learn and keep getting better at - no matter how bad you think you think are at it.

After a while of practicing your new habit (and ideally, keeping track of your progress), you will be amazed at how powerful this can be. The longer you stick with it, the more automatic (or second nature) your habit becomes. You'll start wondering why you didn't start doing something like this sooner.

Another reason to form a good habit following these steps is that once you're consistent with one habit, you can form another in a different area of your life. We recommend introducing a new habit no sooner than 1 month after consistently following through with your current habit to avoid overcommitting yourself.

Looking at the bigger picture, the longer you can maintain good habits, and the more you can form, the more powerful and transformative the effect will be in the aggregate. Good habits can be applied to pretty much anything.

This whole process also works for stopping bad habits, of course. But that's another story for another day (I know procrastination is a bad habit - I'll worry about fixing that tomorrow).

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