Many people focus on the specific habit they want to develop, without paying attention to the other habits that help to solidify the habit they want.
Take, for example, waking up early.
You can try to wake up early by setting an alarm clock. I used the Kiwake app for a some time, and it helped out a lot. The app makes you play a simple game that requires your attention, shows you a list of reasons why you want to wake up (that you've added before setting the alarm), and requires that you take a picture of something away from your bed (that you've taken a picture of before), to prevent the alarm from playing again.
Once you've done all 3 tasks, you're awake enough to stay out of bed.
But if you're not getting enough sleep, in the first place, or if the quality of your sleep is bad, then waking up early won't do you much good. Especially not in the long run.
Instead of simply focusing on the having of waking up early, think about other changes that can help you get better quality sleep:
- Sleeping early
- Avoiding screens before going to bed
- Blocking blue light on your devices at night
- Avoiding caffeine at night
- Having a relaxing evening ritual
- Taking a supplement to aid sleep (magnesium or melatonin)
- Planning something to look forward to in the morning
All these habits help in establishing the "wake up early" habit you want to cultivate.
The same thing applies to many other habits. If you keep forgetting to take supplements, maybe you can set a reminder or place the supplements where you will see them when you need to take them (at the dining table, for example).
There are many things you can do to assist the habits you want to develop. Identify these ways and you'll have a far better chance of succeeding in developing the habits you want.