In this post, we will try to find out how to build better habits from scratch. I will also lay out my plan on how I am going to get up again and start running.
From 0 to 100 and back to 0
At the start of this year, I did not have any real good habits to boast off. I decided to change that. I started the process of building good habits to improve myself physically and mentally.
I started meditating 5 minutes a day and I kept doing it. I did it for 60 days straight (barring one-two days). I also started exercising along with this. I built a habit of exercising 3 days a week.
I always wanted to read and write more. I decided to do that as well.
Two weeks ago, I had formed the following habits:
- Working on multiple side projects every day
I had built a really good system. Then everything broke two weeks ago, due to a problem. Except for meditation, I could not follow any other habit of mine.
I am back to level 0.
But I am very excited now.
Excited to document everything
When I had built all these habits, I was wondering that I never documented my process. This means that I may not be able to build all of them again if I ever fell off track. I want to prove myself wrong here.
While I build the habits again, I will document the process so that I know what to do the next time anything like this happens.
Because of all the articles I read and videos I watched on how to build good habits, I learned a lot about how to do it. Here is my basic plan of how I am going to build all my habits again:
- One at a time I have tried to build these habits earlier as well. The worst mistake I used to make then was that I tried to do everything at once. Read 1 chapter, meditate for 10 minutes, and go for a run all on a single day. Needless to say, I never built a single habit out of this. What changed this year was that I was focused on one thing. I am going to focus on exercising habit first.
- Start small Doing a lot on day 1 makes your brain hate the habit. Instead, starting by taking small steps makes it easier for you to continue doing it. I am going to do light exercise for 5 minutes every day.
- Do it at a fixed time and place every day Having a familiar environment for your daily tasks helps you in getting the mood to do it. It does not seem that it will work, but it actually does. I am going to exercise in the morning in my room.
- Chain your habits Chaining your habits is a very good hack to remember following the new habit. For example, if you decide to exercise after brushing your teeth, you will better remember it. I will exercise after taking a bath.
- Do it first Do not “I will do it later”. Do it right when you decided to do it. Postponing it will result in you forgetting to do it. The only days I missed my meditation were when I thought that I will do it after I complete one job.
Let’s see how it goes
I will keep doing it for 14 days and will update you about it in the next article.
James Clear’s blog  is the best to learn how to form good habits (or stop doing bad ones). Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit”  is a great read as well.
For exercising, “30 Day Fitness Challenge”  by Leap Fitness Group is an awesome choice as it removes all your options. You have to do just one thing every day, open the app and exercise.
Atom  is the best if you want to build a meditation habit. It brings all the above-mentioned points to action.
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