Forming new habits

Forming new habits is intimidating. To break the process down into approachable goals, I start by only committing to trying a new behavior for a week. If at the end of the first week, I still think it's worth exploring, I commit to another two weeks. At that point, I typically have enough data to know whether I feel the new habit is worthwhile. And because it's already part of my routine, it's relatively easy to continue the habit.

This approach works best when trying to maintain a "streak" of doing something everyday because it takes away the temptation to make one time exceptions. It's not hard to convince yourself to do something seven times in a row. So, decide what you want to try and get started. The only thing between you and a new habit is your willpower.