A simple, reliable way of developing a new habit is to “stack” it onto a habit you already have.
As author and coach James Clear wrote in the Huffington Post . . .
“The quickest way to build a new habit into your life is to stack it on top of a current habit.”
“This is a concept called ‘habit stacking’. . . Because the current habit is strongly wired into your brain already, you can add a new habit into this fast and efficient network of neurons more quickly than if you tried to build a new path from scratch.”
James Clear has a great tip for developing some habit stacking routines:
- First, list all your current habits.
- Then list the habits you’d like to develop.
- Then you can pair them up!
“Piggy Backing” is another term for adding habits onto existing routines.
Here are some examples of habit stacking / piggybacking:
- Every time you brush your teeth, add the habit of flossing.
- Each time you brush your own teeth, brush the dogs teeth.
- Do 10 push-ups after every time you shower
- Clean one thing after every time you flush the toilet.
- Right after you clean the dinner dishes, write in your journal.
- When you take out the trash, immediately replace with a new liner.
- After you put on your pjs, lay out your clothes, food, phone, and paperwork for the next day.
It’s easier than you might think and a good way to practice self-care!
Be specific about the new habit that you will stack onto the already established routine.
Think about it, what daily routine do you currently do that you can add another habit to?
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