Making a habit stick makes other habits stick easier
In yesterday’s session on starting habits, when I described how easy it was finally to floss my teeth daily after I started my burpees. An attendee asked me to clarify. After the session ended, others asked me to clarify more and the following diagrams emerged.
This chart schematically shows my burpee habit performance.
Flossing before burpees
This chart schematically shows my flossing habit before I started doing burpees. The red line shows my flossing effort, overlaying the gray line of my burpee effort.
Flossing after burpees
This chart schematically shows my flossing habit after starting burpees.
Making a habit stick makes other habits stick too. I think of making a habit stick as a skill, or set of skills. The more you practice the skills the better you practice them.
In particular, making hard habits stick makes easier ones stick easier.
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