We currently have a book floating around at home called The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change by Charles Duhigg.
The book explores why habits exist and how they can be changed. Along the way it asks why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight and is divided into the habits of individuals, the habits of successful organisations and the habits of societies.
As I don’t seem to have much time to sit down and enjoy a book at length at the moment, I was interested to learn of a program that helps people to start small habit breaking or to form positive routines and build from those. Participants choose to focus on three ‘tiny habits’ that require very little motivation to add to their daily routine. For Example:
- As soon as I arrive home from work I will walk the dog
- Whilst I have my morning cup of coffee I will write a small ‘to do’ list
- Next time I am food shopping I will avoid the snack section at the supermarket
Developed by Researcher and Stanford professor, BJ Fogg he encourages you to celebrate the completion of each tiny habit, and to slowly (and naturally) build upon the ones you have created in the past.
Habits can be more powerful than we realize. Often we act from our subconscious, doing what we are used to or have done in the past. Whether you are struggling to complete a diet at home or work through your to do list at the office it is possible to break past patterns of behaviour by focusing on new ones. Basically, that we do have the freedom and responsibility to remake our habits.