Creating My Chain

Even before I had ever heard of keeping a visual reminder for habit creation, I knew that if I did something every day and then missed a day or two, I’d have internal resistance to starting again.  What had previously felt normal, now felt new.
 
It wasn’t just me.  Apparently, one proven method for building habits is to do it so consistently for long enough that it feels more normal to do it than to skip it.
 
“Don’t Break the Chain” is one method for maintaining motivation.  It’s additive.  Every day I am marking off when I’ve accomplished the daily goal so the more days in a row that I do this, the bigger the momentum becomes to keep this going.  
 
I’ve tried the app, and it’s not as motivating for me as doing it on a paper calendar.  
 
Let’s all do this for a habit we are trying to change.    Exercise, Writing, Reading, 7+ hours of sleep, limiting TV viewing are just a few you could go after.
 
We set our own daily goal, and our own rules around it.  
 

For me, it’s to bring movement back into my day.  I get an X on the date if do something active for 20 minutes.  My default will be an outdoor walk, but I’m allowing substitutions of cycling or elliptical or treadmill.   

P.S. I’ve decided if I’m sick, I don’t get an X but I do get a S on the calendar, so that it’s not a complete break.    My chain.  My rules!