You and I are a collection of habits.
According to Charles Duhigg, who wrote the splendid book The Power of Habit, between 40-45% of what we do every day is a habit.
It might feel like we’re making decisions… but we’re not, really. I don’t know about you, but I find it a little alarming that nearly half of what I do happens without any conscious thought.
So, it’s a good idea to make sure those habits are good ones, right? Helpful habits that make us more effective, more productive, and happier?
So each Sunday I’m going to share a little habit tip with you.
Something I’ve learned from people like Charles Duhigg, Brené Brown, James Clear, and other super-smart people.
Today, I want to talk about “habit stacking” or “anchoring”.
Professor B. J. Fogg of Stanford University studies this – it’s the idea of anchoring a new habit onto a current habit.
Here’s an example from James Clear. One of his readers learned to speak Mandarin using anchoring. He took a lot of cab rides – usually more than five a day. So he decided to start a conversation with the taxi driver whenever he got into a cab. He did this every day for two years… and now he speaks fluent Mandarin.
I’ve done something similar: every day, when I sit down with my first cup of tea at my laptop, I journal. Tea + writing.
I write 750 words of whatever is in my head. It’s like giving my brain a shower.
What could you do to kickstart a great new habit?
What do you do already that you could hang something useful on?
Maybe you could replace the morning Facebook scrolling with reading a good book. Or clearing your inbox.
Drop me a line and tell me what you’re going to change, and how: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please do share any articles from this site in part or in full — as long as you leave all links intact, give credit to the author, and include a link to this website and the following bio. Vicky is a gin-quaffing, pole-dancing, trapeze-swinging copywriter who writes about the perils and joys of writing, velociraptor training, and running a small business. She writes this stuff on her websites vickyfraser.com and cookiesforbreakfast.co.uk. She’s the author of one book (with two more in utero) and teaches small business owners how to write copy that sells, and how to be more fecking interesting. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.