5 Steps to Start and Stick With Better Habits

As we talked about yesterday, good habits done consistently can completely change the trajectory of your life. (And the inverse of that statement is also true.)

So, how do you start with stick with better habits? In this week’s podcast episode, Jesse and I tackle that topic along with sharing an update on our Christmas break, Jesse’s hunting trip, an audiobook we both listened to, and two updates we made to our home recently.

Here are the five suggestions we gave for starting and sticking with better habits:

  1. Keep it simple. Don’t try to overhaul your life overnight. Focus on 1-2 small habit changes at a time. As you master those, you can add another 1-2 habits.
  2. Write it down. Make a plan for the habits you want to develop. What will you do? When will you do it? Where will you do it?
  3. Make it public. Get brave and share your plan for building a new habit with the world. Tell a friend who will help you stay accountable. Or, post about it on social media.
  4. Do it consistently. Try to go for a streak. Don’t miss more than one day. Give yourself grace if you do miss a day and then tell yourself you can’t miss more than one day.
  5. Track it regularly. I highly recommend something like my Habit Tracker or another habit tracker printable or app (there are lots of free ones available!)

In This Episode: 

[00:33] It’s been a long time away from the podcast but overall we had a much needed break.

[02:29] We’re sharing a quick rundown of our holidays and how they were different than in the past.

[05:12] Jesse shares some of the details of his hunting trip.

[08:32] String lights on our back deck have been saving my life these days. Hear the story.

[12:09] The second thing that’s saving my life is a clean fireplace that we can turn on.

[13:13] The combination of Audible and Scribd is saving Jesse’s life these days.

[14:25] Both Jesse and I finished the same audiobook at the same time.

[17:42] Bit of a spoiler but it was so good.

[20:19] We’re talking all about how to develop new habits.

[22:53] Keeping it simple is the best thing. Just pick one or two habits to change.

[25:53] The same applies to making changes to your diet.

[26:28] Why it’s important to write your new habit down.

[28:03] Make what you write down active instead of passive.

[28:58] Once you’ve figured out all of the details, make it public.

[29:50] Consistency is key.

[31:55] Give yourself grace and change the language that you use about yourself.

[33:30] Don’t forget to track your habit changes.

[36:47] I’ve been doing this for a while, so I have several things on my list, but definitely track.


Links and Resources:

Crystal Paine on Instagram

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Money Saving Mom Deal Seekers Facebook group




Code Name Lise by Larry Loftis

Atomic Habits by James Clear

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