Remember: “Doing the thing you need to do means you get to do the thing you want to do” — James Clear
Systems make your goals fun and exciting. There are two ways to make your habits more rewarding: Habit Stacking is creating a sequence of habits that removes conscious thought. Temptation Bundling means you combine the things you want to do with the things you need to do. Here’s the formula for Habit Stacking and Temptation Bundling from James Clear: After [CURRENT HABIT], I will [HABIT I NEED] After [HABIT I NEED, I will [HABIT I WANT] Here’s how I implemented it: After I get my morning coffee (want), I will start brainstorming a new article (need). After I brainstorm a new article (need), I will scroll through LinkedIn for 15 minutes (want). Using this formula means I don’t deprive myself of anything. I am able to execute my needs while still enjoying my wants. Takeaway: Make your habits attractive. Use the habit stacking and temptation bundling formula. Combine the habits you need (i.e exercise) to do with the habits you want (i.e morning coffee) to do.
I don’t need to wait to achieve my yearly goal in order to feel like I am making progress. Here’s how I implemented it: I use a physical checklist to track my daily habits. I have a daily ‘wins’ list to track activities that contribute to my goals. I reflect every Sunday on how I performed throughout the week. I use this data to make necessary changes.
Remember: Habits that are rewarded, are repeated. And progress fuels action.