ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bringing In New Habits (And Making Them Stay)

Updated on December 30, 2011

Time For A Change

Every year, lots of people make new years resolutions which they just can't stick to. In this article I'll be showing you 2 ways to keep these habits in your lives and making them stay. Everyone wants to be a better person and promises to change, and with the new year, lets make sure we do something differently this time.

Many people read about boosting their lives and what they're doing with them (in other words "making a change"). This is called personal productivity.

Many people think bringing in multiple habits and sticking to them is extremely hard and impossible. They think doing on at a time and building it in is the only way. Its not.

Here It Is...

Im going to start with my 5 habits for the new year. Many people don't feel comfortable with 5, and prefer to do 2 or 3. Thats perfectly fine, as long as you're changing and increasing your productivity rate, its all good.

My habits for the new year:

  1. Practice Chinese Mandarin at least once a week
  2. No more coffee everyday - Find a substitute
  3. Thinking of 3 things Im thankful everyday and writing them down
  4. Drinking 8 glasses of water everyday
  5. Going to the gym at least 3 times a week

These are my habits I will be trying to complete in the new year by the technique I used all of this year.

Its all about Sticky Notes and Electronic Reminders.

Heres what you do for the sticky method:

  • Leave sticky notes on doors, cupboards, toothbrushes. Anything that reminds you of what you're meant to be doing and where.
  • Do these things the minute you see the note. This is vital. Complete here actions as soon as you see the note otherwise, like many, you'll just keep putting it off until later, and it'll never get done.
  • These notes must be left in the right place, where you know they'll be seen at the perfect time for you to accomplish them.

Everyone nowadays has a smartphone, an iPod, or just an electronic calendar to remind them of things. Were going to be using that to complete this method. So here's the Electronic Reminder System:

  • Using your Blackberry, iPod, online calendar, computer, whatever, set reminders at points in the day for each of these things.
  • For the things which are once a week, set it once on a calendar, and set the recurrence to, "weekly."
  • For those daily things, set the recurrence as, "daily," and so on.
  • Set a reminder for the minute you know you'll be able to do these things.
  • If a habit is set for the moment you wake up, set it for around 7-7:30 am, or whenever you wake up. This is the same for all the habits at various points in the day.
  • With this method, your BlackBerry, iPod, computer (…) should be reminding you to do these things at certain points in the day.
  • When you get the reminder, don't dismiss it, do it immediately.

This method will help you get more motivated. It'll also increase your productivity rate, as your getting the hard stuff done first, and doing the rest of it the second after you've finished.

Getting The Right Combination

Bringing the Sticky Notes and the Electronic Reminder methods together, you can achieve all your habits everyday, every week, every month. Use sticky notes for things which you see everyday, and are useful in remembering what to do, and use electronic reminders for things you do at certain points in the day.

Heres my list again, with the reminders and stickies:

  1. Mandarin Chinese - Weekly - A reminder on my phone for 7:15pm every Friday night.
  2. No More Coffee - Daily - A Sticky Note on my coffee/tea cupboard reminding me to swap it for something else.
  3. Writing Down 3 Things Im Thankful For - Daily - Every day, a sticky on my bedside table and a reminder around 10:30pm, reminding me to write a list of 3 things I'm thankful for each day.
  4. 8 Glasses of Water - Daily - Sticky on my snack cupboard, reminder at my set lunch time at work, sticky on the pans above my kitchen stove at home.
  5. Gym - 3 times / Week - Reminders every Saturday morn, Tuesday (free nights at work), and Thursday (late morning into work)

There You Have It

Thats it. I hope this article helps you boost your personal productivity in the new year, and that these methods really do work out for you, like they did for me this year.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)