I have already automated 3 new habits and stacked 2 habits to each. That’s 9 healthy lifestyle habits in just the first week of the new year.
Instead of drafting a list of 15 things that I want to change this year, I’m breaking each goal down into daily habits then stacking these habits to bring me closer to my health goals. This take some planning, but the new smaller habits should be easier to do once they are automated.
If you want to increase productivity at work, declutter, live better, save money, lose weight, and be happier then read on to find out how I plan to accomplish all these things and more in 2019.
Since, we are creatures of habit and routine, automating my daily schedule is the perfect way for me to start gradually working toward this year’s goals. I want to get small things done throughout the day that will set the way for me to achieve much bigger goals.
Kevin Kruse, Forbes contributing writer, interviewed Wall Street author Steve Scott (who has published more than 70 bestselling self-help books) about the unlimited potential of habit stacking. Scott explains what habit stacking is by stating simply that stacking a habit means “attaching things to it”.
You should start with a habit you already do and add small tasks to and around it gradually. This is what I am doing. Take a look.
How I am Going to Stack Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle
First thing in the morning, I head to the kitchen to put the kettle on to boil. I placed a yoga mat right next to the kitchen so I can ease into a morning workout routine by doing stretches. You can put a yoga mat near wherever you are heading in the morning or afternoon depending on when you plan to workout. Next I will add a small table and portable DVD player right in front of the yoga mat so I can do a 20-minute workout. The 20-minute workout (10 minutes of yoga and 10 minutes of plates) will be a stepping stone to completing a 30-minute Piyo workout with eating plan.
My small kitchen has decent-sized counters that will house 3-4 glass jars with healthy snacks like dried fruit, trial mix, nuts, and granola to add to nonfat yogurt. Next to the jars will be a big pack of quart-sized slider bags (a money-saver that works for my family) and a plastic scoop. My new healthier eating habits can be a whole other article, so I will just say that the freezer, quart-sized slider bags, and salad plates have been making it easier to stick to healthy habits.
There are many ways to optimize even the smallest spaces in your home to build an exercise area, a home office or snack counter to pack healthy snacks and stay well under budget while doing it. When your habits are not costing you money, you are more likely to automate them.
(Mostly) Fearless and (Completely) Determined to Achieve my 2019 Lifestyle Goals
This year instead of making a list to scare myself with throughout the year, I’m listing only 2 areas of my life that I really want to improve: health and productivity. Each area branches into several goals, like lose 20 pounds, exercise daily, land a column in a home or money-saving publication, read 15 non-fiction books and watch 25 documentaries.
To begin working up to following a daily, complete workout routine, I will start by stacking a habit to stretch with another habit that I already do. Next stack, to attach article crafting (brainstorming, researching, drafting, editing, proofreading, and finalizing) to my original habit of planning my work day. Habit stacking is an easy way to use what you have always done to work up to what you have never done.
Why Habit Stacking Looks Like a Trend for Life
Using habit stacking to incorporate healthy habits into your day might be the answer you have been waiting for. This system of attaching small habits onto existing habits and developing small habits to stack onto gradually is a versatile and forgiving way
The main factor that made bullet journaling, also called happy journaling, a major success in the personal and professional lives of countless people is the same that factor that one that has helped make habit stacking a part of the modern person’s everyday healthy lifestyle.
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