I love coffee, but I don’t feel like making it in the morning. I’ve gotten in the routine of setting it up the night before so that all I have to do is press “start” when I come down in the morning. One little push and I hear the glorious sound of fresh coffee arriving.
Making changes in the way we live can be difficult. One approach is to create routines to help us stay on track. Habits are powerful drivers of behavior because our brains memorize them, allowing for our decision-making processes to run on “autopilot.” If you have ever tried to break a bad habit, you know how unshakable they can be.
As you think about your New Year’s resolution, ask yourself what aspects of it could be incorporated into a routine. Maybe you attach a new discipline to another habit you have already established, or perhaps you set a timer on your phone to remind you to perform some task at the same time each day. Any task you can fold into a repetitive pattern has a greater chance of sticking.