I have discovered an idea that has made a huge difference in my life in building healthy habits: streaking. Now, get your mind out of the gutter. I mean seeing how many days in a row you can do one small habit.
I've found that I cannot have too many streaks going at once. One is very doable, two are manageable, and three should be possible. I think four streaks would not work and five would just result in nothing getting done.
I currently have two streaks going, and I had the first going over 100 days before I started the second.
My first streak was working out 10 minutes a day, every day. This could be an hour long run (if I could do that without falling over from exhaustion) or as little as a ten minute walk outside or on the treadmill. I am up over 170 days on this streak.
The second streak I started was working on some side project every day. I've got two things I'm exploring: app development and writing. Any post to this blog counts to this, as does any work I do on building mobile apps or web applications outside of my day job. I am up over 40 days on this streak at this point.