5 tips to build a habit of sticking to a schedule

Sick of making cool routines that you don’t stick to? Try these!

One of the basic myths of building a routine and sticking to it is to make a beautiful schedule. There are multiple products advertised under large headings of “productivity”, “stop procrastination”, “hardwork” and multiple other selling points. One very crucial point that is often overlooked here is the mental and physical acceptance of a task and the role of habits in sticking to a schedule. Here are a few ways to build a habit to stick to your daily, weekly and monthly schedules:

One step at a time- No you won’t feel like picking up the guitar everyday for 30 minutes after a long day at the office. This is not a realistic goal. Taking on 5 things to do when you can’t even fulfill a single commitment is not the way to go. Decide on one thing to practice and work on developing a habit to work on it at a regular interval of time. This at first maybe once a week, then twice, then thrice and increased further as and when needed. Stop thinking of yourself as a superhuman and all-rounder. Start understanding the way human beings develop a habit over time which will be more fruitful in the long run.

Setting a realistic goal- As discussed earlier realistic goals are easily achievable in comparison to ones that are set on an impulse. One night you may be writing down 50 things to do from the next day and feeling so dreadful the next day just by staring at the list. Realistic goals can be different from person to person. If you are a student not working a part time job you may have more scope to learn two new things at the same time while a working person may not have the same scope. Hence knowing how much time you can dedicate to a certain practice to be done at regular intervals of time is essential in setting a realistic goal.

Time blocks and how you fail them- Do not set a time right after a long work session. You won’t feel like it. You will fail and give up on the idea. Instead spend 5 minutes at first for a week, then keep increasing the time every few days and see how far you can stretch the time limit.

Being impulsive and impatient- Building a habit takes time. You have to remain patient. The most important thing to remember here is to take small but regular steps for developing a habit.

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