How to Successfully Stick to New Habits

My favorite part of the morning...coffee! We try to have it ready the night before, coffee in the filter and water in the pot. We have a BUNN so this is not necessary but it’s one less step in my morning routine. We have been doing this for 24 years now so it’s a habit, but it wasn’t always. So, how do we make our daily behaviors habits?

We “stack” them. What is habit stacking? According to James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, the best way to form a new habit is to identify a current habit you already do each day and then stack your new behavior on top.

Examples I suggest to my clients daily:


Current habit: New habit:

Wake each morning Drink 8 ounces of water


Drink morning coffee Bible Study/Gratitude Journal

pack your lunch and work bags

Start crockpot meal


Shower Clean a part of the bathroom


Apply make-up listen to audiobook/podcast


Curl hair wear booty band

calf raises

Get dressed pack gym bag/lay out clothes for next day


Eat breakfast clean counter/unload dishwasher


Brush your teeth take your vitamins


Leaving the house throw in a load of laundry/delay wash

shake out the rugs

scrub your floors as you leave

take out he trash

Come home from work Unpack workout bag and repack

Unpack lunch and repack

Charge devices

Put on athletic/comfy clothes

Cook dinner Laundry

Check emails

Update grocery list


Do a quick full-body workout


After supper Load dishwasher


Kids are doing homework Check emails

Check kids’ school bags


While kids shower/bathe Lay out kids’ pajamas

Listen to audio book/podcast

Make tomorrow’s to do list

Skin care

Body weight exercises


Put kids to bed Pick out their clothes for tomorrow


When kids are asleep Down time: skin care

take a bath

meditate

stretch

watch TV

read a book

gratitude journal or devotions


Years and years of our constant behaviors lead us to our daily habits. Our brain is one of the most important and powerful parts of our body, and it’s job is to be very efficient. Therefore, wanting to change a particular behavrior or habit can be extremely difficult. Habit stacking makes this change a bit more manageable, since we are adding the new with the old!









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