As we get older, creating new habits seems to become more difficult. They are especially hard to stick to when they involve any kind of physical exertion. On average, it takes up to 60 days to develop a new habit. You can actually learn to create new habits and stick to it using a technique called habit stacking. Habit stacking simply means stacking a new habit you want to develop onto another habit that you’re already doing. An example would be placing a glass of water right beside your toothbrush if you want to develop the habit of drinking water first thing when you get up. You’re stacking it on the habit of brushing your teeth because it’s right there, and so every day when you brush your teeth, you’re going to see it there and it triggers you to take that glass of water daily.
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How Habit Stacking Helps Develop New Habits You Can Stick To
I want to introduce you to a concept that’s going to help you embed new habits into your schedule because creating new habits, they take some time and energy. There’s a saying that it takes 30 days to 60 days to create a new habit. The number seems to be always changing depending on the source of what you read. The truth is it’s very difficult because something can come along in your circumstance and then all of a sudden, that new habit is gone. It means that it wasn’t ingrained. It’s not ingrained as a habit until you’re really doing it over and over again and you’re doing it regardless of circumstance. That means that you’ve got to have enough drive behind what it’s giving you. What’s the passion behind why you’re doing it is what’s going to help you to stay in integrity with that new habit that you’re creating.
A little hack that’s going to help you be more successful in implementing that new habit is to stack it onto another habit that you’re already doing. It’s called habit stacking. Let’s say every morning, you brush your teeth. It’s a habit. You wake up and you go and you brush your teeth. You can stack another habit onto brushing your teeth by having a glass right next to your toothbrush that enables you to reach and have a glass of water first thing in the morning before you start your day. It can be that right there by your toothbrush, you have an affirmation statement that you want to say every morning that gets you into gratitude or gets you into your intention for the day, and then that becomes part of your daily ritual. You’re stacking it on the habit of brushing your teeth because it’s right there. You’re going to then every day, when you brush your teeth, you’re going to see it there and it’s going to trigger you to take that glass of water. Your one habit triggers you into the next habit by it being right there.
You can take any type of thing that you’re doing, maybe it’s after you have lunch or other types of rituals that you might have. If you’re regularly meditating, what could be something that you want to stack onto that after your meditation? Maybe it’s when you put your kids to bed, then there’s something that you want to do as a ritual. One of the things that I had started was when I put my kids to bed, we talk about what we’re grateful for the day. That puts me and them into gratitude, which is a state of being that I want to be in as much as I can in my life. I want to bring that to my children and create those, those habits for them. We could stack that habit on together and create a really powerful new ritual that we’re doing together. Think about what new habits are you looking to create and what other habit can you stack it on onto. That is habit stacking.
Let me know how that works for you. I guarantee you that this little hack is going to enable you to implement new habits faster. It’s going to help you to stick with it because it’s got the stickiness of a habit that’s already well-ingrained. I’m excited to hear your results. Share this with your friends and share it with other people that you know are looking to make some changes in their life.