How long does it take to develop a new habit? I’ve read that it can take 21 days, 30 days, even up to 66 days. In a study conducted by Phillippa Lally, the researchers found that it took participants anywhere from 18 – 254 days to develop a new habit.
On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally’s study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit. – James Clear, Huffpost Healthy Living
Deciding to adopt a new habit or make a change doesn’t just happen, you must actively work at it and remember to keep at it until it becomes a habit. This is where I, and many others, have faltered – we set the intention and for a few days are right on track but then somehow the new behaviour becomes sporadic until it falls away. Whatever the reason for this – we get busy, we revert to past routine, or it just slips our mind – a simple way to keep on track to creating a new habit is to have a reminder. A reminder can be a sticky note in a prominent place, having an accountability partner to remind you or using a tool like the Habits app.
I’ve been using* the Habits app for a couple of weeks and find that the simple daily reminder is what I need to keep these new behaviours top of mind. The key for me is having the reminder pop up on my phone because it’s almost always with me and in view.
The Habits app was created by the duo from The Ultimate Health Podcast to help people adopt healthy new habits. Not only does the app provide a daily reminder it also has several categories of new habits inspired by a past podcast guest plus a section for journalling.
How the Habits app works
- Once you download the app you can choose one, or a few, healthy new habits to incorporate into your life. There are preset categories & habits covering nutrition, fitness, sleep, personal care, personal growth, or you can add in your own custom habit.
- Set a daily reminder.
- Start practicing!
- When you feel that you have created a new habit you move it to your ‘adopted’ list add new ones to your ‘practicing’ list.
Not only does this app provide great suggestions for healthy new habits to incorporate into your life, you’ll also find a short write-up on how the habit can be of benefit and which podcast guest it was inspired by.
The daily reminder is great for helping to keep my goals top of mind so I incorporate each habit every day. If I were to change one thing about this app it’s this: have a reminder for each healthy habit as some are tasks for the morning (meditation) and some for the evening (daily gratitude journal) because I need all the support I can get! The good news is that this is in the works.
I’d love to hear the healthy habits you want to incorporate into your life. Share in the comments below.
*I was provided with a free download of the Habits App to review.