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A well-established habit is something as automatic as brushing your teeth. A new habit can be anything you want to incorporate into your routine.
“After [CURRENT HABIT], I will [NEW HABIT].”
After [my first sip of coffee], I will [read 10 pages of my book]. A lot of us set out to implement various habits, but come 72 hours later, we realize that they completely slipped our mind. So, instead of trying to remember every day that you want to read, just tell yourself that when you drink your coffee, you will read. Let’s be real, no one forgets their morning coffee (and if you do, ignore this e-mail because it only applies to humans). This way, by using coffee as your cue, you will remember to read without the extra brainpower. We know how precious that stuff is.
Here are some stacks we’ve latched onto:
After [brushing my teeth], I will [do 10 squats].
After [getting out of bed], I will [meditate for 10 minutes].
After [making coffee], I will [pour a tall glass of water].
After [showering], I will [clean my room].
And if we dare, after [my first sip of coffee], I will [read a newsletter].
From ‘Habit Stacking’ by Steve Scott and ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear.