If you’re like me, starting a new habit and sticking to it can be very difficult. We have a lot of things we need to be mindful of when starting a new habit. We have our triggers, what makes us stop, reminders, notes, support, will power, and on and on. There is a lot of planning that goes creating and sticking to a new habit.
This morning I woke up at 6:30 AM. It’s still surprising that I’ve made this amount of progress this quickly, especially since I’m a night owl. A lot of the credit goes towards my really loud alarm clock. My reasons for waking up early, was to be able to do that I didn’t have time for. Such as, waking up early to cook myself a healthy meal, stretching, meditation, reading, writing, exercise and so on. I found it hard for me to be able to do these things during the day, as my triggers were very weak. But I followed a simple method, and as a result, I get closer everyday to establishing my morning routine.
Here’s What You Can Do
Take your already established habit, and add to it. You can add to it before or after – your already triggered habit.
- Let’s say that you want to get in the habit of reading. You can use your habit of sleeping, and attach reading to it.
- Let’s say you want to get in the habit of eating healthy. You can use your habit of walking, and attach a healthy snack to it.
- Let’s say you want to get in the habit of meditating. You can use your habit of reading, and attach meditation to it.
What you’re doing is taking your already established habit, and adding a new habit to it. And since your habit is already being triggered, all your are doing is adding a new action to it. This way you are making it into a completely new habit: that consists of your established habit, and your new habit.
I myself, have found a way a way to make this method much simpler: adding a fraction habit. What you do is add a little part of the habit you want to start doing, to your established habit. And once it becomes easy to continue the new habit, add a little more. By adding a fraction each time, you’ll have a full habit attached to your established habit. I did this with my morning routine and now I’m able to wake up, stretch, have a healthy snack and meditate; all because I added a little each time.
Why It Works
The reason this works is, because it’s a very simple method. There isn’t a lot of investment involved, or planning that needs follow through. All you are doing is adding a very tiny part of a habit to your already established habits. This way you’re not thinking of when you have to do, and the whole process of managing your habits.
You’re slowly creating a new habit, by just adding another small-habit.
Try it out for yourself.