I LOVE learning about time management. Almost as much as I love sharing my favorite finds with you. A recent favorite came from the book Atomic Habits by James Clear.
I present to you…Habit Stacking.
Habit stacking is right for you if you’ve been wanting to develop a new time management or other positive habit, but just can’t seem to make it stick. You can read more about the science of it here, but the practice is simply connecting a desired habit to an established habit. There is even a simple formula to help you implement this in your life.
After/Before [CURRENT HABIT], I will [NEW HABIT].
Maybe you want to make a weekly planning sheet every Friday, but can’t seem to make headway on this desire. Tying it to a current habit will develop your intention into a new habit. For example:
Before turning on my computer, I will complete my weekly planning sheet.
After filling my coffee cup, I will fill out my weekly planning sheet.
Before heading to lunch every Friday, I will ensure I have a plan for next week.
This simple concept is extremely effective because your current habits are already built in to your brain, running whether you realize it or not. As a big believer in making things easier and more effective, I believe Habit Stacking can help anyone reach goals with limited effort. Give it a try! I'd love to hear what you are able to accomplish with this effective tip.