Let’s recall the known tricks that can help turn a new behavior into a habit.
First of all, focus on reducing friction – make it as easy as possible. Just leave that writing app open on all your devices, don’t worry about word count or writing style, and sharpen your pencils.
Next in line, the two-minute rule. It’s easier to transform activities into a habit when they are doable within two minutes. It’s a decent way to build easily achievable habits, leading you to more incredible things by just getting started. I’m far away from pushing out a piece in that time, but it’s getting there.
You can also track and record your habits to make successes visible. Or even impose negative consequences if you find it hard to stay on course. Suppose that works for you. If not, you are more like me.
A powerful concept that I enjoy using is habit stacking. You piggyback a new behavior on top of an existing habit. Identify the things you enjoy doing or do effortlessly. Stack the new pattern on top to build on the positive energy and momentum you already have.
But let’s be honest, the most enjoyable catalyst for behavioral change is to make new habits satisfying by attaching immediate gratification to them. For the record, I’m not talking about that brain-freeze-causing cup of B&J to comfort you after a hectic day at work.
I quite like the swear jar idea, though. It might not stop me from cursing, but it could pay for the Friday night pizza every other week. Just don’t allow the kids to buy video games from it. They will make the idea work in their favor sooner or later.