Changing habits can be really hard! The number one reason for why we find adding or breaking habits so difficult is…because most people try to do too much. Changing a habit becomes much easier when you change one part of a habit at a time or even a micro habit, as described here, so that it doesn’t seem like it takes much thought at all. So remember this, “START SMALL, SEE BIG RESULTS.”
I have always had to read a lot for work, but I’ve always wanted to read fiction for fun. It may sound simple, but I wanted to add a leisure habit. So, I set myself a goal to read a little each day. Sounds like the easiest thing, but you wouldn’t believe how much I would say, “I’ll read tomorrow” or “I’ll read a chapter this weekend instead of doing it today.” I know you can relate to this with something you’ve tried (i.e. exercise, meal prepping, volunteering, social activities). Anyways, by putting it off, I ended up dropping off the fiction reading wagon very quickly. It’s easy to skip things when they’re not part of your routine. Routine! I realized that I had to put reading into my routine. I don’t forget to eat breakfast, because that’s part of my routine. So I decided to pair something I already do with something that I want to start doing. This, I later learned, is called the Premack Principle. So, I took the knowledge I had learned:
- Make it simple
- Pair something new with something that is routine
And boom….I made an agreement with myself that I would build a habit of reading fiction by committing to read one page a day after having breakfast.
That was 2 years ago. I bet you’re wondering if I still read… Well, I got into the habit of reading fiction every day and now reading is one of my favorite pastimes. In fact, I read for 1-2 hours every day. Honestly, it was really easy to build this habit once I set an achievable daily goal and paired it with something I already had in my daily routine. As I talked about in my last post, I made time by removing clutter from my life so that I had room for what I wanted.
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