Making Time for New Habits When You Have None

“I’m going to start when I have time.” If you feel like you have an excess of spare time, you can stop reading now. For everyone else like me, whose obligations feel like they are ever-expanding, we need some help finding time to start new habits.

Here’s how:

  1. Pick a starting date. Put it in your schedule.

  2. Decide how often you are going to work on it. Put it in your schedule.

  3. If you have a planned or unplanned break, pick a new starting date. Put it in your schedule.

See a pattern here? I personally use Google Calendar to keep track of my, uh, everything. I used to use a leather bound planner. You can use anything. If you don’t keep a written schedule that you refer to on a regular basis, you can email yourself in the future using an extension like Boomerang (which is kind of a cool thing to do anyway).

The most important point is that you are never going to have time to work on your skill. You need to make time, and you need to make time on a regular basis. And when you fall off track, you need to make time all over again.

I got off track recently with my gym routine. After skipping about two weeks of workouts, I promised myself I would go yesterday. No excuses. And I did. It was hard and I felt pretty weak, but I felt great afterwards.

What have you been putting off? Before you close this tab, pick a date. If you can’t pick a starting date now, seriously consider whether or not you really want to start this habit. Put it in your calendar of choice (or write that fun email to the future you!), and then leave me a comment or send me an email...and tell me when you’re going to start.