When I have formed a habit, it’s usually because I have taken the time to write something down on my calendar and keep doing so until I don’t think about it anymore. I just do it. If I think I might forget to do something, I’ll set a reminder on my cell phone like an alarm or I’ll send myself an email. I also write myself notes EVERYWHERE. Some things never really do become habits. I have to constantly remind myself to do them (like dusting the furniture or filing paperwork).
And then some things easily become habits and they are good habits to have, such as: going to church, reading my Bible, praying, cooking for my family, paying the bills, writing (I never have to remind myself to do this). I do have to remind myself constantly, however, to take my vitamins but I know they are good for me and that it is a habit I should form.
It seems like the habits that we need to make are hard to remember and the ones that we shouldn’t be doing – the things that are bad habits and should not be a part of our everyday lives – do not take an ounce of effort. They just slip right into our schedules without a thought. There are many of these. Laziness. Grouchiness. Watching too much television. Staying on the computer/online too much. And there are many other things in life that become habitual that we need to kick out. For me, as a little girl, it was sucking my thumb. Boy, it took forever to stop doing that!
First of all, you need to define exactly what habit you want to make and what habit you want to break. After all, if you don’t know what you’re going after, how can you accomplish it?