Habits. Things one does on a regular basis that require discipline. Discipline is something I do not have.
A blog post I read this morning mentioned James Clear and the idea of habit stacking. Intrigued, I checked it out and my vision of forming habits completely changed.
In a very simplistic definition, Clear states that in order to build new habits, they need to be paired with a current habit, thus habit stacking. For example eating breakfast or taking a shower are regular habits. I never thought of those as being habits, but it makes sense when you read the article.
The reason why habit stacking is successful is because we have current habits already built into our brains, and we have had them for many years. By stacking a new habit to something we already do, we increase the likelihood of sticking with the new habit.
The article suggests making a list of things I already do:
open my computer at school
take a bath
eat dinner with Dave
wash the dishes
- While eating breakfast I could write in my notebook or make a to-do list.
- After I open my computer I could read a bible verse or write
- While taking a bath I could read 10 pages.