Updated: Mar 17
Take 5 with Kimberly
Habit! The headline, 21 days to form a new habit, catches our attention and we think “I can do that” but in a recent study by University College London it was concluded that the median amount of time necessary to build a new habit is 66 days. However, that is just an average…there is a wide range of data that shows it can take anywhere from 18 – 254 days!🤯 Experts believe this range is due to an individual’s mindset, commitment, and motivation to making the change.
It is important to be self-aware when you are trying to break a bad habit or create a new habit, be realistic with yourself. A part of being self-aware is giving yourself an achievable timeline. Be patient with yourself… it may take you longer to create a habit than it would someone else, so take those baby steps if that is what works for YOU and your lifestyle. The goal here is to make a change that you can stick with for the long term.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle
To be successful you will need a plan, think about the behavior you want to change or add and how best it will be for you to get there, then write down the steps you think you will need to take, this will help keep you accountable as well as act as a tool to set your timeline.
Lastly as part of your plan, set some milestones that allow you to celebrate your progress, recognize where you started and where you are going and celebrate ⭐️ in a way that feels good to you but that does not hinder the progress you have made or encourage a bad habit.
If you liked this article follow for more! Take 5 with Kimberly will be published twice a month, one post will focus on prompt that applies to a habit or task you can incorporate to be more efficient and productive. You will learn more about my work and ways I can help you. The second post will be more inspirational with stories from my overall life, not just the work I do. In this post you will get to know more about me.