So, you want to make a change to your routine. Maybe even several changes. You know what you want to do differently, but it might feel like too much to just switch everything up… I have the perfect solution for you! Meet your new best friend: habit stacking.
What is habit stacking, though? Basically, it’s when you add a new habit on top of an existing habit. You tie the new habit to one you already have established with the goal of creating an association between the new and existing habit. The key to habit stacking is to keep your goal simple, actionable, and very specific! You’re likely to have more success with habit stacking if you’re adopting a behavior you really want to do. I am sure it’s not news to you when I tell you that it’s much easier to stick to your habits when you’re excited about them.
Here’s how I use habit stacking every single day: while I drink my coffee, I read one chapter of my book. After I work out, I drink 12 ounces of water. After I respond to emails, I delete unneeded emails in my inbox. All of these combined habits mean that I accomplish a lot during the day, without having to think about every little responsibility all the time.
If this sounds like a lot, don’t worry. You don’t have to go stacking your habits all at once. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend doing that. It’s much more sustainable to stack your habits as you go. Once you feel confident that you’ve managed to integrate a new habit into your stack, add another! Whether that means you’re adding a new daily task or you’re creating a system to remind you to do a task monthly, habit stacking allows you to lean on your habits and routines to move you closer to your goals.
What do you think? Will you be trying habit stacking, or are you already a fan? Share with me in the comments! And if you haven’t already, download the free Practical Productivity Guide HERE.