Creating Positive Habits

Published on Jul 25, 2019

Last night, when I wrote my first post on 200WAD, I made a commitment to myself to write everyday for at least 2 minutes.  It sounds random, but this is part of something I recently learned while reading James Clear's book "Atomic Habits" which I highly recommend checking out.

In one of the chapters of the book he describes this technique where you basically break down whatever goal you are trying to achieve into small steps (mechanisms).  Then you commit to taking action on the first and smallest possible step you can do and which can trigger the habitual behavior you are looking to create.  

You do this on a daily basis until it becomes second nature and you don't even think about it; you just do it.  The key, he argues, is that it is about how many times it takes for the habit to cement, as opposed to how long it will take. So by breaking the behavior down to small achievable steps, you make it easier for you to consistently take action on a daily basis.

In my case, this consists on opening up my laptop, signing into 200WAD and setting up my timer.  So far I think it's working:  2 minutes creates the sense of urgency needed to get out of my own way and just start writing whatever is on my mind.  I've noticed that I get into my zone at around half way and by the time the timer goes off, I just keep going cause I don't want to loose my train of thought.

But the same thing can be applied to any other area you are looking to develop.  For example putting on your running shoes, if you want to create the habit of going to the gym and so on.

So I encourage you to try this 2 minute technique if you are considering creating a new habit in your life, so far it has worked for me in this and other areas I'm currently working on.