How to Start New Habits

Because I procrastinated a new daily task that I wanted and needed to accomplish, I felt like a loser. I didn’t feel like doing it and felt something was holding me back.

After weeks—okay, months—of delaying tactics, the idea struck me that the “something” holding me back was the lack of a habit that would help me move forward. After all, my important daily tasks such exercising and writing, eating meals, watching favorite TV shows, and meditating—get done because I’m in the habit of doing them at certain times each day.

So I developed the new habit of introducing this new task into my daily schedule. Now, I’m sharing the habit-forming techniques I used in hopes it will motivate you to establish positive habits in your job, job search, and career whenever you feel stuck.

How to start a new habit

First, you must select one to work on. Selecting one habit at a time enables you to channel your will power and energy into developing and completing that one habit.

Here are two techniques for how to start a new habit

The first method is to COMMIT to practicing the habit you’ve selected for a certain number of days. How many days will vary from one person to the next and also depends on the difficulty of your goal.

A study by the University of London shows recipients who wanted to turn an every day occurrence into a habit took on average sixty-six days until the more difficult habits were formed. It took only twenty days for the easier habits. So I suggest you split the difference and block-out forty days on your calendar as your commitment.

The second technique for creating a positive new habit is to be ACCOUNTABLE for it. You can do this by letting some people know about what you’re trying to do. You’re more likely to succeed when you think others are observing you.

Outside of telling friends, loved ones, or family about the new habit you’re building into your schedule, another way to be accountable is to share the habit you’re working on in the comments section below. I’ll be happy to respond to your questions or comments. Of course, you can also tell your friends on Facebook what you plan to do and ask for their input.

I’ll share two more techniques for how to start a new habit in the next post right here on Your Career Service. So stay tuned.

You might also be interested in reading a related article on Your Career Service. Click here to learn How to Set Goals For Your Job Search.

And, for help in planning and executing a successful job search,  follow this link to learn about my book,  “Your Onel-Minute Job Finding Coach.” You’ll learn great techniques in sixty-second bites for accomplishing each step of your job search.

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Copyright ©2017 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.