When working on achieving goals and sticking to habits; Falling off the wagon is gonna happen. Life is inevitably gonna get in the way and you will have to skip a day or two of doing your habit. What matters in the end, though, is that even in the face of this, you pick yourself up and continue showing up and putting the reps everyday.
This is something I learned while reading James Clear's book "Atomic Habits" and has been resonating with me a lot lately. This is the idea that, when working on making progress on a big goal, you don't want to abstain from aiming for perfection every day. This is likely to result in burnout and dropping out of the habit altogether. In other words, it is not a sustainable expectation.
Instead, the aim should be to be consistent in "showing up" and "putting in the reps" every day whether the work comes out perfect or not. Consistency is the key here.
I recently created the habit of waking up 4:45 AM so I can head out to my local coffee shop and get at least two hours of uninterrupted work in. It has been tough. Some days I truly don't fee like waking up. But for me, this is the only time I can dedicate my undivided attention and focus to my business project. When the feeling of wanting to stay in bed comes in, I remind myself that I would be casting a vote against my business ever taking off the ground if I don't wake up. That usually is enough for me to shake up the sheets and get going.
One thing that has helped is that I love coffee, so that sort of acts like an incentive for me to want to wake up and be on my way. The other factor that plays into making this habit easy is that, by getting out of the house, I remove the temptation of going back to bed if I feel tired.
Again, sometimes the quality of the work I get done is superb and I get a lot accomplished. But some other times, I get hung up on an idea and won't be able to make much progress at all. At the end of the session, however, I end up feeling great about having made the effort and keep my consistency. I've started to notice that the struggle to wake up is not as common as it used to.