It inspired me to share a piece of advice about building exercise routines that I found helpful when building up my gym routine(3-4 days a week for the last 6 years).
Let's say you wanted to go running 2k everyday but you don't run at the moment.
When faced with this in the past, my approach would be to try and simply do it. Yet, I would peter out after 3 or 4 days.
The commitment was too big. Before the run, I started thinking of everything involved with the run. How long the run will take, the shower afterwards, the food and the water. Pretty soon, my brain will talk my way out of running. My brain made a mountain out of a molehill.
Then I came across this talk by Bj Fogg which helped me break down my goals into what I call microgoals.
Now if I wanted to start a routine of running 2k everyday, I would look at the goal and then ask, what's the smallest achievement that I can make just to get me started?
Armed with this perspective, my aim is now to put on my running shoes and step outside. Super simple. I've turned my mental mountain back into a mental molehill.
Once I'm outside, I start running. However, I tell myself that getting dressed and getting outside is good enough.
BJ Fogg breaks down building a dental flossing habit in his talk. Instead of aiming to floss all teeth, we just aim to floss one. After flossing the first one, flossing the rest of your teeth is easy because you got past the hardest barrier. Getting starter.
The teeth flossing examples applies to many other habits and routines we might want to build.
We all have big goals but the hardest part of any goal is getting started. Breaking your goals into daily micro goals might be the best place to start.
Finally, if you're building a new routine and you miss a day or week. Don't feel guilty. Just acknowledge it and start again.
Hope this helps.