When you have plenty of time in your hands, and you want to good practices and develop good habits, there’s no other best time to do it than during your downtime.

Good practices such as exercising daily, eating healthy and learning new skills require the help of formed habits to help us achieve it.

It would be easier for you to develop good practices and form new habits if you can start doing the following:

  1. Plan what you need to do. Ask yourself- what good practice do I like to develop? Is it to exercise every morning or to write a daily journal, or possibly to learn a new skill?
  2. Identify the new good habit that goes with the practice. What kind of habit do you need in order to accomplish your new practice? You should be able to develop new good habits like sleeping early at night so you can wake up early in the morning to exercise.
  3. Align your new practices and habits with your interests. Is it going to help you professionally? It’s easier to start a new habit if it’s anchored on your present job or your interest? If you have a clear picture of what to do, you can easily do it. Simple self-improvement tasks like increasing your typing speed or learning how to use a new computer application might be able to help you with your present job.
  4. Make changes to your environment. If you intend to acquire new skills by reading a new book or learning online, you should these tools accessible where you could easily pick it up and use it. Place the book or computer near an area in your house where you usually stay, free from distraction.
  5. Keep a schedule. It’s widely claimed, that in order for anyone to form a new habit, they should do it for 21 days. If you’re going to start the habit of reading, for example, you should read at a specific time of the day and do it for at least 21 days to form a habit.

Don’t be too hard on yourself if fail to develop a good practice. Find ways to adjust your time, implement changes with your environment so you can successfully form your new habits. Remember, you need to form a habit so you can achieve a good practice.

Self-improvement requires time allocation that will help you in your professional work. All your efforts will pay off once you have acquired the good practices and new habits to perform them.


Written by Oliver Villaverde for PhilJobNet