Changing is hard, so is creating new and good habits. That’s why I enjoy reading about and learning from behavioural science. It’s constantly evolving, and I love tweaking the science to my personal situation.
There’s an easy formula to create habits which goes like this:
Habit = Cue -> Behaviour -> Reward
The formula works, but it’s missing a few ingredients that can increase its effectiveness.
Repetition. The more you repeat the behaviour, the higher the chance for it to become a sticky habit.
Perceived benefits. The more pleasure or the less pain you get from the behaviour, the better.
Focus. Don’t lose sight of it, or the old behaviour will come back through your old neural pathways.
Persistence. No one knows how long it takes to form a habit. There are myths that states it takes 21 days, others say it’s 6 months. Who cares? Just do it until it sticks.
I prefer crafting my own routines and habits than letting others and circumstances decide for me. I have limited time, and since habits are part of the flow, it makes sense to craft the best one for me and my dream life.