There are many contradicting theories out there on how long it takes to build a habit.
Some say 3 weeks. Some say 30 days. Some say 90 days.
The unfortunate truth is that habits are developed when they are done being developed.
This means that you can’t just set a specific amount of time to practice and then assume that it will be ingrained.
You must continue to be diligent forever.
Sure, maybe eventually you won’t need to pay attention every single day to your exercise habit. It will become second nature.
But, you should still have a list of all the habits you’ve developed that you like that you review. Maybe weekly or monthly.
This way, if you go through a major stress event, like a death in the family, or loss of a job, you will be reminded of your goals. It will be easier to make sure this doesn’t break your good habits.
In the short term, how do you know when you should stop checking on a habit daily?
Setup a trial run. Check on the habit daily for 90 days. Then go for 7 days without checking on it. How did you do? Then try 14 days. How did you do? Then 30, how did you do?
If you’re still on track at this point then you can just check in every 30 days for the rest of your life.
Good habits require constant work. But they’re worth it.
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