What resources are out there to build and keep good habits in my regular schedule?

One of the hard things for me since I’ve taken therapy in the past is to take the resources and some other things to better my health mentally and physically is to add them in my schedule and to be consistent with them. I wanna know if there’s an app or if there’s any resources out there that can help me add those things into my schedule and can you give me a reminders and motivation if not possibly a checklist as well to make sure that I’m doing it every day since I know on average it usually takes about two month or month and a half to fully have a have it down pat
Asked by PoohBear
Answered
12/06/2021

Hi PoohBear. Thank you for utilizing BetterHelp.com's "Ask a Counselor" feature. My name is Elizabeth and I am a counselor with over 7 years of experience in working with individuals, couples, and families. I will do my best to answer your question and provide you with some resources that can help you create and maintain your schedule. 

One of the most important things about creating and maintaining a schedule is to make it REALISTIC. Many times, I have found that clients make lists that are very organized and well laid out, but they have seriously overscheduled themselves. Overscheduling yourself or creating unrealistic goals for yourself will only cause disappointment when you are unable to achieve your goals for the day and will discourage you from creating and sticking to lists in the future. So, please, when creating your lists and schedules, err on the side of being conservative with yourself and your time.

Secondly, I have found that many people have more motivation to continue to work and complete their list is if they reward themselves when they have completed their tasks. For instance, if your goal is to go to the grocery store and then clean your kitchen, when you complete your tasks for the day, do something that you really enjoy. Go for a walk, binge a Netflix series, sit down to read a book or anything else that you enjoy. This way, when you reward yourself for all your hard work, you will be more motivated to stick to your schedule in the future.

A few apps that I have found that have had very good reviews are as follows: AppointFix, Acuity Schedule Admin, and Calendars: Planner and Reminder. I would recommend trying all or a few of the apps listed to see which works best for you and your lifestyle.

Finally, it can be really helpful to work with a counselor that can help you stay on your schedule and meet your goals. BetterHelp.com has a vast network of counselors who have varying expertise in helping clients. They can work to help match a counselor to best help meets your needs.

I hope you have found this answer to be helpful. Take care and best wishes. 

(MA, LCPC, LMHC)