I have always been inconsistent about taking care of my skin. After a recent visit to the dermatologist, I bought some skin care products, but since it was not in my daily routine of habits to put on creams and moisturizers, I had to set up an in-your-face system that would remind me to use the products. So, what did I do?
- Visual reminder: I lined up the products I needed to use on an open shelf in my bathroom. The products are now in my line of sight, not hidden away.
- Step-by-step routine: I placed a copy of the step-by-step routine on the shelf with the products. The steps tell me which of the three lotions to put on in the morning and which to put on at night (yes, I really do struggle with beauty routines, even when there are only three products to deal with!).
I am now in my second week of developing a new habit and I haven’t missed a day. I am still using the “cheat sheet,” but am starting to remember which creams to put on at which times. This process is relevant and can be applied to all new routines:
- Be consistent: Don’t skip a day.
- Use “cheat sheets”: Create and use checklists until a new routine becomes a habit and an automatic part of your life.