Timing is Everything: 6 Ways To Use it to Your Advantage
New season, new you? How to bend time to your favor when setting new goals
Birthdays, anniversaries, the start of a new season, heck, even an ordinary old Monday can be an opportunity to kickstart a new habit. Sun Basket’s Director of Nutrition and habit-hacking expert Lindsey Kane explains how to make temporal landmarks work for you.
1. Create your own temporal landmarks.
You don’t have to wait around for temporal landmarks to happen to you, nor do you have to wait for those once-a-year special occasions. These landmarks don't have to be incredibly significant to be effective. Mondays, the start of the month, even the start of a day can inspire change. These higher frequency cyclical timestamps are a creative way to anchor you to a consistent repetitive practice that’s bound to spark major results.
2. Get strategic and use time in your favor.
Be on the lookout for those temporal moments so that you can score that extra boost of motivational power whenever possible to increase your odds of taking real action towards meaningful goals.
3. Look back, then look ahead.
Occasions like birthdays and the start of a new year can trigger reflective thoughts of the past. Reflection drives awareness, and awareness is always the first step to behavior change. You need to acknowledge where you are before you can move forward. Temporal landmarks offer helpful interruptions that prompt us to take a step back from our day-to-day minutia, reflect on the past, and think in a big picture way. This is how long-term goals are born.
4. Reverse engineer temporal landmarks
Unleash the learnings of this “timeless” habit hack. Whenever possible, reflect, raise awareness, think big picture, set high aspirations, and shift your mindset.
5. Take advantage of The Fresh Start Effect
Temporal landmarks allow us to disassociate our past from the future. This separation is the secret sauce of behavior modification because it changes how we see ourselves. In these moments, we can ditch the negative baggage that’s holding us back and step into the future with a brighter, more empowered, superior self. We undergo a major shift in mindset, which boosts confidence and ignites the motivation to take aspirational behavior change to a new level. Have you ever felt an enormous rush of motivation when starting something new? That’s the fresh-start effect doing its thing.
6. Use special occasions as inspiration to try something new
Temporal landmarks serve as timestamps that help us mark the end of an old chapter and the beginning of the next. Use these mental accounting periods to help measure progress—a key aspect for successful behavior change.