Your Not-So-New-Year’s-Resolution Guide

 The Book Worm

    By The Habit Society

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Stack 'em

Save your brainpower

If you're finding it hard to start reading, try stacking it onto an already established habit. It goes like this: After [established habit], I will [new habit]. Here's an example: After [making my coffee], I will [read 10 pages]. Instead of trying to remember every day that you should do some reading, just tell yourself that after you make your coffee, you will read. Point blank. No discussion. This way, by using coffee as your cue, you'll remember to read without using the extra brainpower.

Idle time

The "I don't have time" Excuse

Our advice: Find pockets of idle time throughout your day to cultivate a new reading habit. There are so many instances in our days that basically go to waste. Three minutes here and there may not seem like a lot, but tiny changes do lead to significant results. Once you become aware of those idle parts of your day, you’ll finally have the time to finish that book that has basically become décor on your shelf.

Idle times: Waiting in line, waiting for your zoom call to start, waiting for your coffee to brew or eggs to boil, waiting on hold...

Wise words: As BJ Fogg, founder of the Stanford Behaviour Design Lab, so eloquently put: “We have a choice. We can use these moments to be annoyed or distracted, or we can use these waiting periods as anchors for new habits.” So, turn these irritants into your cues for new habits.

start slow

Slow & Steady wins the race

Why? We tend to rush our habits, like trying to implement 30 minutes of reading every day. But, that's a bit unrealistic. Don't rush the habit forming process. The goal is to form a habit, not finish the book. Only once you form the habit, will you finish that book. And some others too.

But, I'm so motivated now...The moment the motivational spur runs out, the habit is dead. Instead of relying on motivation to go full force for a short period of time, start small and slow. Focus on keeping the habit alive. The hardest part of creating a habit is implementing it into your daily life. So, make it as easy as possible to stay consistent. Only once you’ve maintained the consistency, should you increase the duration.

Wise words: "Slow and steady often wins because it keeps you motivated. Take on manageable challenges and you’ll get frequent signals of progress. Bite off more than you can chew and progress stalls. When you make progress, you want to keep going. When you break progress, you want to stop." - James Clear

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