February: Habit Forming + Habit Breaking | My 180

Let’s start by celebrating the good habits you’ve formed since the kick off of 2012 just 31 days ago. Hopefully by now eating healthy and working out have become routine. (Or are you part of the multitudes that have already considered cancelling their gym membership? If so, get your ass back in gear!) The new year is often a time when people try to change far too much, far too quickly. February rolls around and we’re already burnout and bored.

Experts say that it takes 28 days to make or break a habit. If that’s the case, the month of February provides us with EXACTLY the right amount of days to change a poor behavior or form a new, possibly life changing habit. (Added perk: Since 2012 is a leap year, you actually score an extra day!) So instead of feeling overwhelmed by all the resolutions you committed to on January 1st, choose one thing you want to start, or stop, and focus on making it a habit for the next 28 days.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go to the gym.
  • Try a new food/recipe every day.
  • Take the dog for a walk.
  • Read.
  • Write/blog.
  • Send a handwritten note/card.
  • Get out of bed when the first alarm goes off.
  • Give up Facebook/Twitter.
  • Drink less coffee
  • Go to bed earlier.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Cynthia says:

    Really? I can’t believe you could suggest giving up coffee!!!

  2. steve says:

    There’s something about comradery in doing things together. I simply suggested to the group that we undertake a monthly challenge. 19 days later we haven’t had any soda… I’m looking forward to new goals all year long…. good ideas!

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