Whether it’s overeating, working too much or being stuck in a rut, experts say more than 90% of what each of us does each day is based on habits.
Keep a journal. For overeating, working too much or not taking time for yourself, keeping a journal over 7 days will help you clearly see what the issues are, and what bad habits you have, so that you can the address them.
Make small changes each day. If you want to increase your exercise, try incidental exercise, such as getting off the bus a stop early, climbing the stairs to work or getting up the minute the alarm goes off to make extra time in your day.
Recognise then change associations. For example if you are concerned about over-eating, recognise every time you go to the movies you buy and eat a bucket of popcorn and take a healthier version or a substitute from home to prevent eating high fat, high calorie food and/or over-eating.
Seek professional help. If your habit is more serious, such as drinking or smoking, get online and look for strategies or products to help.
Find people in the same position. Seek out communities who can support you or friends looking to form new patterns too.
Believe. Experts say the power of self-belief is critical. Putting positive affirmations in your home or office, and even in your phone to flash up each day can remind you just how capable you are of achieving everything you want.
Renae Leith-Manos is a Sydney journalist who hangs out in Bondi. She has had a colourful media career, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends weekends hanging out with her gorgeous twins doing something fun in Sydney's East.