You can build a routine through habit stacking. You probably already practice habit stacking without even knowing it. If you wake up, take a shower, use shampoo, then conditioner, dry off and get dressed, you’re a stacker. Perhaps you stack in the evening by brushing your teeth, washing your face and reading a book before bed. You can probably identify little pockets of habit stacks throughout your day.
Here’s how you can build a routine :
- Pick a time and location – All habit stacking routines revolve around a specific location, time of day or combination of both.
- Build one routine at a time – It reduces the amount of depletion on your willpower. Focus on a new routine for a month before making any changes or additions.
- Start with small wins. When you start with the easiest habit, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that will make starting and completing the next habit easier.
- Create a logical checklist – All the habits should work together and flow into each other seamlessly.
- Have the reason why – The best way to make sure you don’t wait a habit stacking routine is to have a reason why behind each individual action. This reason should be genuine and important to you.
- Be accountable – There are a variety of ways for you to do this, including posting your progress on social media accounts or telling friends and family members about your habit stacking.
- Create small, enjoyable rewards – Rewards, as long as they are small and have a positive long term impact, can be great motivators in getting through your routine each day.
- Focus on repetition – Repetition of the routine builds muscle memory to the point where you follow the routine, each day, without fail.