By: Marley Kropp
Being consistent doesn’t have to mean being boring. Whether you’re trying to learn a new skill, or just don’t want to be distracted with so many decisions on a daily basis, developing routines and learning persistence can help you in any area of your life. Here are some simple ways to practice consistency on a daily basis:
Wake up at the same time each day. Doing this takes the question out of when to set your alarm. On the weekends, try not to vary too much from your weekday wake-up time. That way, you’ll have an easier time waking up on Monday morning.
Wear a go-to power outfit. Steve Jobs famously wore a black turtleneck and jeans every day so that he could direct his thoughts to topics other than his clothes. You don’t have to go that far, but knowing which outfit makes you feel great can help you decide what to wear in a pinch. Plus, on days when your mood needs a boost, putting on that outfit can give you an automatic increase in confidence.
Set short-term, achievable goals. When you reach goals, your brain gets a shot of dopamine, a chemical that floods your brain’s reward pathway and makes you feel good. Maybe you want to devote more time to writing. Instead of promising yourself that you’ll write a novel in six months, start small. Consistently accomplish something each day, such as writing for half an hour. You’ll get a dopamine hit and achieve a short-term goal while working toward your long-term goal.
Maintain a self-care routine. For you, consistency in self-care could mean working out at the same time each day, establishing and following a skincare routine, or regularly spending half an hour doing something you love. When you regularly practice self-care, you’re able to function as your best self.
Go to sleep at the same time each day. This ties right in with waking up at the same time. You’re kind to your body when you get a consistent (and sufficient) amount of sleep.