The Importance of Building Habits

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Habit: a regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

Building habits is one of the best practices when trying to be more productive. Whether being more productive with your day or simply trying to improve your lifestyle, building habits is a great start. Below I’ll cover a few reasons why building new habits are more important and beneficial than you may think:

1. Habits are Your Foundation

Your habits often will occur in your daily life. This means that you usually will be completing daily tasks as habits. Building good habits in your everyday life is the key to starting a more positive lifestyle.

2. Habits Allow You to be More Productive

As you get used to your habits, you will find that your day flows a lot smoother. If you’re someone with a hectic lifestyle, whether a student or a business owner, setting habits can make your day 10x more efficient.

3. The Habit Loop

The Habit Loop is a framework for thinking about the start and end of habits. The loop includes three major parts: The Cue, The Routine, and The Reward.

The Cue (“Trigger”)
The cue is what kicks off your habits. This can be the time, location, people, etc. Ex. After entering the office, the smell of coffee makes you pour yourself a cup. The cue is the “trigger” factor. In this case, that would be the smell of coffee.

The Routine
The routine is the habit of what you do on a repeated basis. Ex. You wake up every morning, and the first thing you do is brush your teeth and wash your face. You have made it a habit to brush your teeth and wash your face at the start of the morning. You can do this without a second thought. It comes naturally.

The Reward
The reward is what the habit does for you. This can make you want to continue your habits or positively reinforce them. It can also be the flip side, making you more conscious of the actions that you wish to change.

Being aware of The Habit Loop is hugely beneficial to build better habits. Consider the cue, the routine, and the reward. If it is something that you would consider a positive addition to your life, keep it! If not, perhaps begin to change your routine for improvement.

4. Habits = You

Whether you see it or not, habits define you. Because habits are actions that occur in your daily life without having a second thought about it, you often don’t even realize that what you might be doing isn’t expected. As habits define you, forming good habits can ultimately lead to a more pristine lifestyle.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

A great book about habits is Atomic Habits by James Clear. This famous book has sold over 5million copies and is a New York Times Best Seller. This book gives a comprehensive guide on how to build new and better habits but also gives many new views on building a more efficient and practical lifestyle with habits. Easily one of the most popular and best books regarding habits and personal development, this is a must read if you’re trying to build new habits.

Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do). -Stephen R. Covey



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