How to create new habits in 2019

January 5, 2019 productievekennis 2 min read 8 Comments

How to create new habits in 2019

January 5, 2019 WhatDisciplineMeans 2 min read 8 Comments

The year has just started and this usually means a lot of people will write down their New Year’s resolution. But how do you achieve those goals?

Well, achieving your goals usually comes down to one simple thing: working towards them. To achieve your goals it is important to break them down into habits. Making something a habit always sounds easier than it actually is. To create new habits you need to deploy a lot of discipline, especially in the early stages.

How to create a new habit

You can make something a habit by starting small and increasing it step by step. Besides that it is important to reward yourself when you’ve achieved these small steps. Charles Duhigg wrote about creating new habits in his book: The Power of Habit. In this book he states that you need a cue, routine and reward to create a new habit.

For example: My goal is to read every day (cue). I am going to achieve this by reading the first 30-60 minutes after waking up (routine). When I’m done reading I can brew my morning coffee (reward).

Image about the loop of Habits from the book: The Power of Habit.

Try to apply this method for yourself:
1. Pick a goal.
2. Break your goal down into a habit (or habits).
3. Write down the cue, routine and reward for your habit.
4. Start executing and increase the work-load of the habit step by step.
5. Stay consistent!

When you apply this method to create new habits, you will get momentum straight off the bat. Creating new habits will challenge your self-discipline, so be prepared for that. But creating a new habit that will last will also give you a lot of results and confidence. It will be worth it.

Book recommendations

If you need more strategies or inspiration you can check out the book recommendations I made on my Instagram a few days ago (see the picture below). These books are helpful when it comes down to creating new habits and achieving your goals. I actually reviewed two of the books and wrote articles about it:

Book Review: David Goggins – Can’t Hurt Me

Book Review: Gary Keller – The One Thing

However, at the end of the day it will still come down to the work you have to put in yourself. Get after it!

Instagram image with five book recommendations.


  • Mandy January 6, 2019 at 1:10 am

    This is valuable information. Habits are so important when it comes to acheiving goals.
    The Power of Habit is definitely on my reading list in early 2019. Looking forward to more from you.

    • WhatDisciplineMeans January 6, 2019 at 6:46 am

      Great idea to add it to your reading list. I hope it will help you out in 2019. Thanks for the encouraging words and have a productive weekend!

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