How long does it take to create a habit? There are a few different
writings out there with numbers but I think it just depends on the
individual and the particular habit. I have been able to create some
almost instantly by simply scheduling them and some have taken months to
accomplish. Of course those that I enjoy are easier, those that I don’t
require more work. I suggest not focusing on the time it takes but more
on the steps to take it until its officially a habit. Breaking things
down to the simplest of tasks, tasks that you can control and putting in
place a way to track it are the most effective.
Along with this, focus on the positive outcomes and not the negatives. This is really important if you are trying to rid yourself of bad habits. Don’t focus on getting rid of the old habit, focus on the new habit.
If your goal is to use your cellphone less than start by creating new habits that will occupy more of this time. Maybe you could simply make it habit to keep your cell phone in your pocket and off the table during meetings, share this with your friends and family and ask them to remind you when you are not doing it and then schedule a simple 15 minute follow up with yourself each week to think back and report to yourself how you did. Another idea would be to schedule a time each week to look at your phone usage report each week and to write the results in a spread sheet so you can see and track those results. I have one client who has changed their voicemail to a nice message that discloses the time each day that they will be returning calls. With this new habit, this person doesn’t have to answer calls anymore.
If you need help creating some new habits to help you achieve your goals or just need an accountability partner to help you, share this during one of our general mastermind meetings and let our members help you.