I’ve been thinking a bit recently that I’m looking a bit old.
Moisturising regularly is and obvious way to ‘reduce the signs of ageing’.
After all, ‘I’m worth it’ 😉
I’ve tried a few times over the years to start moisturising regularly.
And ended up forgetting to do it.
So, I applied some of our knowledge of ‘new habit creation’ to this.
Most research shows that if of successfully do something 5 times you stand a reasonable chance of I developing into a permanent habit.
So, I just put a few systems in place to make sure I successfully moisturised my ageing boat race, morning and night for 5 days.
Ordered some moisturiser on ebay rather than relying on my cheese brain to remind me next time I was in the supermarket.
Put some reminders on my phone to remind me at 5 minutes after I’d woken up and around normal bed time.
And made sure I left the moisturiser next to my tooth brush – piggybacking an existing habit.
And boom – I did it for five days.
And have done it ever since.
There is a relevance here.
If you are trying to create a new habit in your life, then the key is to get through the first 5 attempts.
And you should be good from there.
Rather than just ‘trying to do it’, put a few systems in place to make sure it does.
Incentivisation / rewards each time you do it.
Anything that can make it as easy as possible.
You get the idea.
Smash those first five goes out of the park and you’ll be well on your way.
Jon ‘Moist’ Hall and Matt ‘Young Face’ Nicholson