If it is one thing that millions don’t like hearing, it is “be patient” or “it’s gonna take a little while.” We don’t like being told that, we like things here and now and instantly. Think about it, we live in a world now where Amazon delivers the same day, movies and television shows that premiere on your TV and not in a theater. It is not a bad thing or is necessarily our fault that we now seek instant results or gratification. But one thing I have started to learn after a few years of trying to develop some healthy habits is that the good things in life take time to accomplish. You know the saying that you can’t build Rome in a day? Well, the same is true for changing your current circumstances. There is no instant solution for having everything you want in life. However, there are fun and satisfying ways to track change, and that is through monitoring your daily habits or routines.
What you need to see is that life is just a slow change upward, an incline perhaps, and creating habits or daily routines helps you to realize each completed task is one step closer towards a personal or career goal. One of things I like to do is to create a daily list that I can check off. I use the app, Coach.me (formerly known as Lift), to help check off my daily habits I am trying to cultivate. Some of these habits are simple, such as listening to a podcast, and others are a little more challenging, like walking 10,000 steps or drinking 64oz of water. I’m able to see consistency and charge over time of how well I’ve done and how many times I’ve completed a habit. Another neat feature is the challenge to see how long of a streak you can get on each task you want to complete. The longest streak I have is 16 days in a row for my goal of waking up by 6:30am (which I broke this weekend). If I see that a habit is too hard for me to check off multiple days during the week, then I adjust and keep trying until I am accomplishing my task list. I also love the support you can receive from coaches and everyday people who are able to cheer you on and see your goals.
You can become more patient in the process of changing your life by making completing daily habits a sort of a reward system or a game. CARROT, is like Siri for your to-do list. The longer you wait to complete a task or the more days you miss, the more angry CARROT gets. The more tasks you complete, the happier CARROT gets and the more rewards you receive, like a digital cat (see there is something even for cat lovers!).The is also the website and app, HabitRPG, which allows you to create a custom avatar. Every time you complete a habit you get points to upgrade your avatar or purchase features for it, such as pets and clothes. Some people allow themselves to a treat for completing a list or hard tasks, like a coffee from Starbucks, playing a video game, a nice desert or watching an episode of your favorite show on Netflix.
In the end, all you are really doing is finding a satisfying and creative way to cross off another day on your calendar towards completing a goal you have set for yourself. Creating a daily list and making completing your tasks rewarding are just two out of many different ways you can see the slow and gradual changes you are making in your life.
Make it fun y’all!