Guest author: Katreena Sarmiento
There is no solid formula to success, but there is one for failure: bad habits. Almost half of our day is routine and automatic behavior—from waking up, having breakfast, making your bed, getting ready for work, checking your phone, exercising, shopping for groceries, cooking dinner, and so on. For this reason, building and maintaining good habits is an essential part of life. We become what we repeatedly do, habits can either make or break a person.
Working for a small business like Mr Lee’s involves a lot of hard work and non-stop days. When you are busy, it’s sometimes easy to fall into a bad routine pattern which is difficult to get out of. Here are some simple recommendations that will help you develop better habits.
1. Start small
Take your typical and no-brainer habits like sanitising your hands when they are dirty, unplugging the iron, or taking your shoes off when you get home. These are small actions that you don’t even think about when you do them. They are automatic, tiny actions that have become consistent habits.
The most critical part of building a new habit is being consistent. As the saying goes, "massive goals don't require massive action—they require small but consistent actions." Sustained effort makes the real difference. How you perform in the beginning is irrelevant because it is easy to do something impressive once or twice. What changes the game is if you can stick with it in the long run.
Building small habits starts with achievable, realistic goals and building from there. It may be as small as doing three minutes of exercise every day, writing three sentences a day to start a writing habit, eating one healthy meal a week, or ditching those quick and unhealthy meal deals for a healthier lunch option. The main goal is to stay consistent with something small for 30 days, and the rest will take care of itself.
2. Write it down
The best way to know how well you know yourself is by being able to translate your thoughts into words and your words into writing. A printed piece of paper with a resolution on it doesn't do much but you hand-writing that resolution does. Productive habits will only stick when the person establishing them is aware of their natural tendencies. Writing your ideas makes them more transparent and focuses you on your result.
3. Have constant reminders
Until new habits become your second nature, it’s best to set up reminders to help you keep consistent. A reminder triggers your brain to start a behavior. For example, putting your running shoes outside your bedroom door is a cue to your brain that you will go for a run first thing in the morning, or a sticky note saying "eat more veggies" or “drink more water” placed on the refrigerator door can help you remember that you're supposed to be eating healthier meals or increasing your water intake —until the day comes that you don't need to be reminded anymore.
4. Out with the bad
The most crucial part of building better habits is to be aware of what you need to work on. It makes it a lot easier if you work on replacing, improving, or re-engineering the actions that you know you need to progress on and develop. In order to identify unproductive habits you need to undergo a process of self-analysis, where you make the effort to identify the activities that are costing you the most time or energy.
In order to build better habits, it’s important to be aware of your detrimental habits, be it sleeping too little, checking emails too often, always being late or biting your nails. Identifying all these habits is essential to making a change. Once you have recognised the trigger of a particular routine, you can replace the activities that need improvement with more productive ones.
5. Cement your plan
Knowing what you want and how much you want to change a habit is imperative because it will determine the extent you will go to achieve it. Once you've established that , you need to follow through with an action plan. Remember that you should not start building a good habit without a plan.
If you want to start a healthier eating habit, you should try to exercise it daily, for a minimum amount of time each day. Start by eating a more nutritious breakfast, choosing a healthier on-the-go product for your lunch, planning out your meals for the rest of the week or filling your food pantry with healthier options.
The bottom line is, you need to identify what areas in your life you want to improve, what motivates you to create or change your habits, and what practices work for you. Once you’ve established that, be consistent and don't quit, remember to always be gentle to yourself. What separates the consistent doers from everyone else is the determination, patience, and constant effort to get back on track.
If one of your objectives is to change your eating habits and achieve a balanced diet, Mr Lee’s Noodles are the perfect option as a healthy lunchtime snack. They are packed with real freeze-dried meat and vegetables, low in sugar and with no MSG or artificial ingredients. You can find them at your local Harris Farm Markets or alternatively, find them on Amazon, or our online store.