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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

You Are Your Habits

Your daily routine is the scaffolding that holds your habits together. A good routine should be built upon good habits, and it should  lead to an improvement in your overall well being.

The goal of any well designed daily routine should be the improvement of your mind, body and spirit (MBS).

Building a Routine

  1. Identify the new habits that you want to create.What new things do you want to do? Focus on improving your mind, body and spirit.
  2. Identify existing habits that you want to eliminate. Replace these with your new habits. The key is to remove the the good and add more beneficial habits for a positive effect.Good Habits
  3. Determine which habits to incorporate into your daily routine. Prioritize these new habits based on the ease benefit matrix.Ease can be defined as the time required, the complexity of the activity or the resources required to carry out the activity.Ease Benefit Matrix
  4. Create a schedule for your habits, this will become your daily routine.
    When do you want to do these activities? How does it fit in with your other responsibilities and existing schedule? At what time of the day would you prefer to do them?
  5. Start working on ingraining your most important habit.
    Consider habit sprints that last 4 weeks. Focus on building one habit at a time.  For the first sprint, do it at least 5-7 times per week.

Forming Habits

  • It takes 30-66 days for the habit to form.
  • Try to do the activity everyday for the first 21-30 days.
  • Keep it simple. Start with 1 habit.
  • Create a trigger that initiates the behavior.
  • Identity the reward / benefit you get from your new habit / behavior.

How do your approach creating new habits?