If you are looking to save money – a good place to start is by cutting out any bad habits. It could be that you buy too many coffee’s from coffee shops or pop to may bottles of wine in the shopping trolley. Lokk at where you can out down on things that you don’t really need. Maybe giving up smoking is your plan as we all know how expensive that habit is. Therefore this guest post may help set you on the right track.
Whether you’re trying to quit bad habits or start some good ones, the key is to embrace the power of patterns. Patterns govern our lives – we’ve evolved to spot them everywhere, and to embrace them for our own needs. If you can take control and start forming positive patterns, there’s no life goal you can’t reach.
Set small goals
If you’re working towards a single goal, you can only ever succeed or fail in reaching it. If you succeed, that’s great, but if you fail, you’ll probably be discouraged from ever trying again. Far more beneficial is to have lots of small goals. These are easier to achieve and when you do fail, you’ll still have an achievable goal right in front of you, and you’ll be supported by all the other small goals you already reached along the way.
Patterned behaviour relies on lots of little successes that make the behaviour continue. This is why so many
people who are trying to stop smoking find the answer in e-cigarettes. You can start by replacing some of your
usual cigarettes with an e-cig, and then move on to only using an e-cigarette. There are lots of respectable outlets
for e cigarettes in the UK. Mist are an e liquid manufacturer based in Brighton, and SmokShop are one of the oldest e cig retailers in the UK and are based in Norwich.
Vaping is healthier than smoking, and so much easier than going cold turkey!
Set definite times
When we want to do something that’s good for us, we often find ourselves making excuses. The truth is, you’ll always be able to find a reason not to do that beneficial thing now. To combat this, you should set definite times when you’re going to do your new habit – whether it’s the evenings you’ll exercise on or the days you’re going to smoke under a certain number of cigarettes.
When you do this, you shift the effort from doing the beneficial thing to choosing not to do it. The decision is already made, and it’s a lot more effort to reverse it.
Set consistent times
The hardest part of a good habit is setting it in motion. Once we psychologically accept a behaviour as part of a constant pattern, it becomes easy to continue. That’s why you should make your good habit as consistent as possible – pick a night to exercise, a day to eat healthily or an amount you can spend on your vices and then stick to it. Even when you develop good behaviour – doing more exercise or spending less – try to build it around the existing pattern.
Be kind to yourself
Working with a pattern means you know what’s expected. Set rules and stick to them, but beyond that, try and be kind to yourself. Feeling bad doesn’t usually encourage us to try harder, so remember that a big part of your personal improvement is feeling good about your decisions and the changes they’ll bring.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post