The key to forming a habit is not how much you do of the habit each day, but whether you do it at all. If you've vowed to exercise 30 minutes each day, or keep a journal every night, the hardest part isn't keeping it going, it's getting started. The key is just getting started.
The key to forming a habit is starting each day.
What do I mean by starting? If you want to form the habit of reading every day, get your self in a cumfy chair and grab a book. If you want to form the habit of running, put on your shoes go. If you want to start writing, grab your journal and a pen, or your laptop, and just get started.
Why wouldn't you start something you really want to do? It's usually very simple:
- You are comfortable with what you’re doing. We tend to cling to the comfortable.
- It’s too difficult to get started — to do the habit, you have to get a bunch of stuff out of the way, or drive to the gym, or gather a bunch of ingredients, etc.
It isn't about having everything in order first! It isn't about being able to run 5 miles the first time you step out the door. It isn't even about being able to finish the task the first time around. It's about getting started.
My husband and I call this the 10 minute rule -- AND IT WORKS.
When we don't feel like mowing? Just do 10 minutes!
When we don't feel like cleaning out the basement? Just do 10 minutes!
When we don't feel like cleaning the deck? Just do 10 minutes!
Before you know it, you're involved and you don't know how long you've been working. Many times, you're finished before you know you're 10 minutes is passed.
The point is, just do 10 minutes. Try it! See how well it works! You won't believe how much you can get done in 10 minutes.
Only By His Grace,