A daily checklist is a beneficial tool, that at first can be frustrating and cumbersome. After continual usage, however, you will find that using this monitoring tool on a regular basis is fun and encouraging. Using this habit-forming tool to your advantage will lead you towards becoming that person you want to be.

Daily checklists are not for the light-hearted. They require continuous action throughout the day since habit development requires a conscious effort. In other words, the checklists need to be in the front of your mind. Placing them in every room of your house will help.

For instance, I want to teach my kids the habit of making their bed everyday. So, I have a daily checklist with ‘bed making’ as a task posted on their bedroom door. I also have Velcroed a magic marker next to it so I don’t hear any excuses about how they couldn’t write it down because they did not have a pen or pencil. No excuses are allowed when developing new, positive habits. That is an important reminder for anyone wanting to change unwanted behavior into more beneficial actions.

The first thing you need to do to develop a daily checklist is find some alone time. You need to sit down in a quiet area and give some serious thought to what exactly you want to accomplish. For instance, what areas of your life need changed? Do you want to become more organized? Eat a healthy meal plan? Change your thinking pattern from negative to positive? Or, maybe you want to start getting more physical activity into your daily life. No matter what area is involved, you need to know your goals before moving forward.

You need to start out slowly when first working on developing new habits. Choose only a few unwanted behaviors you want to change. Changing unwanted behavior and developing positive habits takes hard work and time involvement. Starting out small is always a good idea since it prevents feeling overwhelmed. When you feel overwhelmed, your chances of accomplishing your goals dramatically decrease.

 

Think of it, if you have 15 unwanted behaviors that you want to change on a daily basis, how troublesome can it appear when you cannot figure out which one to start with? Starting with only a few goals will not put you into that situation. You need to start slowly. As you become more adept at using the daily checklist process, then you can advance to adding more potential habits.

After you understand your behavior goals, you need to develop a daily checklist. A daily checklist contains a number of essential items to guide you towards your positive behavior change. Make a list of your behavior goals, also known as tasks. When performed enough time, tasks become habits. Once you have this list, you need to develop a spreadsheet as a tracking device. The spreadsheet contains all the essential elements including a page title of “Daily Checklist”, and columns with headings of Tasks, starting date and each day of the week. I always find putting the title in bold letters helps stimulate me to perform the needed task. It, for some reason, provides a sense of accomplishment and encourages me towards performing my task.

Some people may like having the days listed as Monday, Tuesday, etc. Others may find it helpful to use the calendar dates of 01/01/01, etc. It depends upon your personal need. In addition to doing this with your own paper and pen, there are numerous habit tracking or daily checklists forms you can find online that use software effortlessly. You do not even need a lot of computer experience to use them since they are very user-friendly.

Daily checklists can be used throughout your home for different areas of your life. Let’s say you want to develop healthier eating habits. You can post a daily checklist in your kitchen area to remind yourself of the behaviors you want to become part of your life. Post this checklist to your refrigerator.

For instance, you want to start eating five or more servings of vegetables and fruits daily. Put this on the checklist and put your checklist on your refrigerator at eye-level view. Placing the checklist at this level makes it impossible to miss seeing. For extra convenience, attach a writing utensil on a string next to your list.

Every time you open the refrigerator, you will be reminded of your future habits. This place is also the perfect recording site. Every time you open the refrigerator and take out a fruit or vegetable and eat it, simply check off on your daily checklist that you accomplished that goal.

If you keep a fruit or vegetable bowl on your kitchen counter top, make certain it is close to your refrigerator to increase your recording convenience level.

Daily checklists are more than to-do lists. Daily checklists are lists of tasks you need to accomplish to develop positive habits. To-do lists involve listing items you want to accomplish throughout the day. Both are reminders about what you want to accomplish, but one is used to develop positive habits while the other may not necessarily help develop new habits. To-do lists can just put you through the motions of surviving in everyday life. Daily checklists provide the foundation for improving your life.

 

Using this habit-forming tool to your advantage will lead you towards becoming that person you want to be.

Studying the habits of historical people can pave the way for you to become a more successful person who is living the life you want. Even though habits can be either positive or negative, you will improve yourself by choosing and implementing only good habits. Keep reading to learn about some good habits that can work to your advantage.

Visualization

Mohandas Gandhi continually visualized the possibilities of living in a unified and peaceful world. With this steadfast thought embedded in his mind, all of his actions dictated his belief. He achieved great success worldwide for his peaceful work which all started by believing it in his mind. There is a saying that you need to believe it, then see it.

Sharing Responsibility

Another historical figure, Abraham Lincoln, had the ability to share responsibility for the good and the bad things that happened. He had a belief that “the path to success is broad enough for two”. He had no problem in praising his team for doing a great job. Lincoln never accepted full responsibility for when things worked out well, which is why he had such a loyal following. He also shared the blame for things going wrong, instead of shifting all the blame to his Cabinet members. Sharing responsibility is something everyone can learn from and apply in everyday life.

Routines

Benjamin Franklin was a creature of habit. Every morning he would rise and start the day by contemplating how he could make the best use out of his day. He would organize his day so that his lunch was routinely scheduled between 12-1p. His positive resolutions helped him live afulfilling, successful life, and his example can help you, too. Choose a routine that works best for you incorporate that as a daily habit. If you are a morning person, maybe you want to take on a tiring task and get it out of the way. If you have more energy in the afternoon, perform that task then. Whatever works for you can work towards forming healthy habits. Routines can make organizing your day easier.

Discipline

Amadeus Mozart would lock himself in a room until he finished a composition. He knew the importance of discipline in achieving goals. By locking himself away from everyone, he avoided distractions that would interrupt his concentration and creative process. He could concentrate fully on his musical works. He would keep track of his daily work by using a habit tracker to keep himself on track for achieving his goal. He would write down each practice session, with the time he started and finished it. You can use this habit tracking system as a monitoring tool to reward yourself. The tool can highlight areas that need improvement. If Mozart saw he fell short one day, he would make up for it the following day. You can use online goal setting software to help you become better organized in this area.

Competition

Famous playwright Henry Ibsen always kept a photo of his competitors on his desk while writing. The photo would continually remind him of the importance of furthering himself while advancing farther than his competition. Everyone can benefit from this. In addition to putting a picture of your competition on your work desk or wall, you can stay aware of your competitor’s actions by staying current with the news. If available, read a biography or autobiography of your competition.

The habits of successful historical people apply to everyone. Developing a habit takes energy, thought and perseverance. Try it, you will like it.

Help Has Arrived

It’s almost New Year’s! For some people that marks the day to set new goals for the coming year. It is a hopeful time of year, and the phrase on everybody’s lips is “This year I’m going to…”. Goals range from establishing a new and personally valuable habit to shedding an old, bad habit. It is determination, confidence and a new strategy for goal accomplishment that rings in with the new year, as we resolve to succeed this time.

Goals come in all shapes and sizes. Some are huge, some are small. Some are finite, some are life-long goals. Some goals may be easier to reach than others. Some goals terminate in a single event. Such as, “This year I will take a cruise,” or perhaps “This year I will retire from work.” Other goals may be longer term goals. For example, “This year I am going to make a significant dent in my debt load,” or perhaps “This year I volunteer more of my time.” Perhaps you are setting goals to last your life time, for instance, “This year I will eat healthier so that I will feel better and live longer” or “This year I will quit drinking.” Our goals and our reasons for setting them are individual, personal and worthwhile.

How successful are you at reaching your annual goals? Have you made this goal before, over and over, and never quite get where you want to be? Sometimes it is a struggle, especially when trying to break bad habits. Many goal seekers need assistance in tracking their goals. Consistency does help establish new behaviors. There are several sites on the internet that offer goal tracking software, some are better than others; three popular ones are Habitmix, Joe’s Goals and Habittracker.

These three sites offer similar frameworks, such as listing your goals and tallying your success each day, but Habitmix offers details that are lacking in Joe’s Goals and Habittracker. Habitmix lets you put your commitment into statement form, which you can review each day. This is a valuable habit for busy lifestyles, and a necessary one to fully establish or extinguish specific behaviors. The simplicity and limitations of the other sites, Joe’s Goals and Habittracker, truly limit the depth of application. On Habitmix, you can prioritize goals and related behaviors and also add a time commitment to them separately. Doing so allows you to balance daily goals, weekly goals or longer ones simultaneously.

In Habitmix you get to put your core values into writing. Joe’s interface is simplistic, and it allows you to put check marks for accomplishing certain goals on a daily basis, while Habitmix allows you to break down the goal into the necessary steps, and mark the steps as they are accomplished each day. For a social connection and motivation you can connect your core values to your Facebook, MySpace, a blog or a website. Adding the touch of social pressure might be just the extra push you need.

Habitmix gives you the tools to break down your goals into manageable steps and monitor your own progress. By reading over your commitment statement daily, you are reminding yourself, even when life is chaotic, what you want to achieve and why. If your previous record of goal accomplishment has fallen a little short of where you want it to be, then check out Habitmix. The only time you truly fail is when you stop trying.

Much of an individual’s propensity toward success lies within the realm of the mind.

For this reason, setting good habits and daily goals is immensely advantageous in any endeavor. The easiest way to get on the right track to a healthy and active lifestyle is positive reinforcement through mental conditioning.

You should always try to have an optimistic attitude and place the variables for success within your own hands. Patience is another trait that is important to develop. In your mind, it is absolutely necessary that long-term gains be prioritized over short-term gains.

For example, you can eat a copious amount of sweets and processed foods and this may satisfy your short-term craving, but the long-term goal of a fit body and healthy lifestyle are the compromise. This is why it is always helpful to have a daily checklist for habit tracking.

The first step towards achieving anything worthy of mention is setting smaller, more achievable goals.

You may find it daunting to be faced with such colossal and concrete goals, such as losing fifty pounds or quitting smoking. Rather than think of it in this sense, break it down into manageable sizes. Instead, set a goal of losing 2 pounds over a small length of time.

You are sure to find the feeling of achieving your goals to be exhilarating and exciting. This helps to provide the motivation to continue on the right path. In today’s society, computers and the internet play a massive role through a number of different channels.

There are many ways to stay motivated and properly track your goals. With goal setting software, it is possible to break your goals down to make them more manageable and stay on track. Goal tracking allows you to have a quantitative analysis to your progress, and from that you can keep yourself on track or adjust your behavior.

By the ritual of habit and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with achieving small goals, a person is conditioned to repeat the habit, and this eventually becomes a subconscious process. Setting the right goals is perhaps the best way to remove the desire for negative habits and eradicate any behavior which may be detrimental to you. It is never too late to make a change in any facet of your life. 

Byproperly tracking your habits, you are able to more easily achieve the goals you set. This method allows you to live a much happier and healthier life, which will influence the disposition of those around you.

People who are healthy not only tend to live longer, but studies show that they are also happier. Endorphins is released into the brain during rigorous physical activity and this can make a person feel much better throughout the course of the day.

In addition, exercising and building muscle increase a person’s resting metabolic rate, causing their body to passively burn more calories over the course of the day. Incorrect macronutrient ratios or consuming too much sugars can make a person feel tired and lethargic all day. A simple change of habit is often all ittakes to vastly improve the quality of your life.

 

According to the WorldWeb dictionary, the definition of a habit is “a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. An established disposition of the mind or character.”

Since habits are unconscious uncontrollable impulses, it means that in order to change a habit, one needs willingness to change, and of course, awareness of the habit. An unconscious habit has to be made conscious before any change can be made. Habits are so powerful that they control the way we live in terms of the things we do, the words we speak, and the decisions we make. It is therefore a sad thing if the controlling habit is a bad one.

Since habits are established by repetition, it is possible to acquire healthy habits through the same means. Though it sounds simple, most people fail to rid themselves of bad habits due to unwillingness and impatience. Breaking a habit that you have practiced for years and learning a new one in its place obviously takes time. Still, a willing mind can achieve anything it has set out to do.

Acquiring healthy lifestyle habits can mean losing extra weight. This will require a change in eating habits from high to low-calorie foods. It may mean saying no to cookies and fries and going for fruits and vegetables. Look at “sweet” foods as a special treat which you will reward yourself once you lose a certain amount of weight. It also means consistent water intake as a healthy means of boosting the body’s metabolism.

There are certain steps that you can take to acquire healthy habits:

a) Make a conscious decision to develop healthy habits. This means being aware of your current bad habits and making a conscious decision to change them. You cannot change something you are not aware of.

b) Make a list of the good habits you want to acquire. Examples of healthy habits include daily exercise, quitting smoking, positive thinking, or healthy eating. A bad habit is replaced by a good habit or vice versa. Therefore, against each bad habit you have, write a good habit against it that you want to have in its place.

c) Develop a realistic plan that involves daily goals to be met for the acquiring of healthy habits.

d) Develop a habit tracking system. This will come in handy especially after the first few days of leaning a healthy habit. Without a goal tracking system, you will not know whether you are making progress or not. An example of a tracking system is setting an alarm to go off after a number of hours as a reminder of repeating the new healthy habit. If the healthy habit is to drink more water, each time the alarm goes off, drink a glass of water.

e) Be persistent. Remember, a habit is learnt by repetition. If you cannot consistently practice the good habit, you can forget acquiring it.

f) Set a reward system. In your daily goals, set a reward system that will motivate you to persist in the acquisition of the healthy habit. Every time you make a certain level of improvement, reward yourself with something you like. If you fail to achieve a goal in the stipulated time, postpone the reward until you achieve the goal.

If you follow these steps, you will be on your way to acquiring healthy habit in the place of bad ones. Such an achievement will boost your self-esteem and add value to your life.