You know how difficult it is to create new habits. But we have to.
Anyone’s working memory needs to cope with a growing load which requires its attention daily. We owe it to our working memories to lighten their load. One way of doing so is to create habits as fast as we can as habits assist us to do lots of things on automatic with very little energy.
It frees up working memory space.
Creating new habits is easy – if you know how to go about it. I found a guru who is able to assist.
JB Fogg is an expert in the creation of tiny habits. He believes starting with creating the simplest habits imaginable and to make it fun.
Nothings beats trying and experiencing his approach.
A “Tiny Habit” is a behaviour:
- you do at least once a day
- that takes you less than 30 seconds
- that requires little effort
The Fogg formula for success: After I do “X,” I will do “Y”.
Fogg’s programme focuses on tiny new habits linked to existing behaviours you already do throughout a normal day. For example,
- “AFTER I brush my teeth, I WILL floss one tooth.”
- “After working until 11h00, I will take a break and put on my walking shoes.”
Notice I didn’t commit to walking, just taking a break and putting on my walking shoes. The result? As someone who works at a computer most of the day, this tiny habit got me outside in a park walking my Schnauzers. I started a daily two-kilometre walking ritual.
Three minutes per day – five days
Do what I did namely do this free five-day course in creating three tiny habits. Yes, I’m marketing this course.
Click on http://tinyhabits.com/ and then join a future Monday-to-Friday course of Tiny Habits. Spend 12 minutes over a weekend to learn a bit, decide on three tiny habits you wish to establish and spend three minutes a day over five days in creating them. They can be personal or work related.
If the word “work” freaks you out, be totally selfish and create three personal habits.
I am a member of a small collaborative group and I challenge all the members to do this fun five-day course over the same five days and to report back their individual results at a session. We could all celebrate!
Why not get a friend to join you?
If, after this course, you are able to create more habits faster, your working memory will thank you.