Online Workshop: How To Build Effective Habits
Yesterday we ran an online workshop all about HABITS.
We covered everything from what habits are, good habits vs bad habits, and went over some tried and tested techniques for implementing new habits (and actually sticking to them) - such as identity based habits, habit stacking and compounding habits.
Here are the key learnings from the workshop fi you're looking to start a new habit (or stop a bad one!)
- Rather than focusing on the outcome, focus on your identity
For example - rather than fixing having a messy desk by getting into the habit of clearing it once a week, it would be much more powerful to get into the habit of identifying as "the kind of person who always has a clean desk".
Then, prove that statement to yourself in small ways like putting away your coffee mug once you've finished with it.
- Make it so easy you can't fail
It's great to have big goals, but make sure you start off small enough so you keep achieving them and feeling motivated.
For example, you might want to have a goal to walk 10k steps a day....
But, if you're not in the habit of walking it would be better to start off by telling yourself to walk 100 steps a day, achieving that and then increasing it gradually.
- Stack your habits
Another great way to stick to a habit is if you attach it to something you already do everyday, like brushing your teeth!
So, for example, rather than telling yourself you'll meditate for 5 minutes a day, you could say you're going to meditate for 5 minutes every day as soon as you've brushed your teeth.
That means you just extend your usual 'teeth-brushing habit' rather than creating something entirely new.
To find out more about how to implement and stick to new habits, watch the full workshop recording below: