They say it takes anywhere from 21–66 days to develop a new habit, depending on what it is. As Gretchen Rubin points out, “some people are more habit-resistant than others, and some habits are harder to pick up than others.” She also says the first few days of developing a habit are crucial to making it stick—so to be especially diligent right off the bat when adding a desired habit to your daily routine.
With that being said, I’d like to propose a a Penelope Challenge: Let’s add just one small, good habit to our everyday lives.
It doesn’t have to be anything difficult or time-consuming. On the contrary, it should be something quick and easy, but something that may make a drastic difference in the long run. Here are some ideas:
- Wear sunscreen
- Take a multivitamin
- Drink a green smoothie
- Take a walk
- Meditate for 5 minutes
- Read before bed
- Drink water with lemon in the morning
- Include a veggie with each meal
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Deal with your mail
- Limit screen time
- Drink 64oz of water
Every day, from here on out, let’s solemnly swear to do just one, simple thing to improve our lives. Choose one thing from the list above (or choose your own good habit) and keep with it until it sticks.
Once you’ve made this one item a habit, see if you can add another.
My new habit? I’ve started reading again before bed instead of scrolling through my Instagram feed. And it feels damn good.
Let me know your new habit in the comments below.