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Habit Planning 101

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This is Part 2 of Sabrina Joy’s column. You can read Part 1 here.

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Sabrina Joy.

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when trying to incorporate better habits into their lives is starting without a plan and just jumping straight into whatever new routine they want to start doing.

(And, sometimes the new routine isn’t even something that truly aligns with their overall goals. But that’s a topic for another article.)

The problem with this approach is without a plan, the chance of successfully implementing a new habit or ritual is greatly reduced. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan then you are planning to fail.

So, how do you create a habit plan?

If this is your first rodeo with tackling habit and routine, I recommend following three key initial steps when starting your journey:

  1. Take a moment to understand and appreciate the power of habit and how it can help you reach your goals. This will help you garner up the right amount of focus and effort to get this right.
  2. Take stock of your personality type and how you are uniquely wired. Knowing yourself will help you avoid taking on the wrong habits and, more importantly, will help you design a plan in a way that works for you (not your co-worker or your neighbor).
  3. Target the habit strategies that are more likely to be effective based on how YOU operate.

More on habit strategies next week!

Sabrina Joy is a Habit Coach and 20+ year marketing professional. She is the founder of Tending Habits, a consultancy dedicated to helping organizations and individuals build better habits. You can also follow her on Instagram.

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