It takes 66 days to form a new habit, according to science. We have good habits, and we have bad habits. Creating a new habit does require a bit of work.
Since it’s a new year, it’s time to leave habits that longer serve you. Developing a new habit is tough and it can be overwhelming when it comes to starting positive life changes.
In order to begin creating these new positive habits, you may want to self-reflect first. You may need to analyse every area in your life, and this can include your finances, emotion, social life, career and so on.
So what habits should you form this new year?
Check your account on a regular basis
How often do you check your bank account? It’s important to check your bank account on a regular basis. I make it a conscious effort to check my bank balance every other day. It’s important to keep tabs on your finances so you don’t have any nasty surprises.
Pay yourself first
‘Saving is hard’.
Whilst I agree that saving is hard, you can easily make it less difficult for yourself. The problem is that some people choose to pay off their expenses first, and then save what’s left. Saving what’s left is harder than paying yourself first.
When you pay yourself first, you can set up an standing order and pay a consistent amount of money into your account on a regular basis. On the other hand, if you save what’s left, the amount of money you save becomes inconsistent.
Regularly check in with your emotions
The world is consistently moving fast, and we get so caught up in life that we sometimes forget to check in with ourselves.
Find time to check in with yourself and see how you feel. Give yourself that space to express your feelings and your thoughts. You can simply do this keeping a journal and regularly write.
Maintain your relationships
Make it a habit to regularly check in with your friends and family. I understand that everybody has their own issues and problems, however, it’s important that you check up on friends and family. Communicate, meet up, be there for one another.