Today is Saturday, which means the launch of my latest podcast with my friend Abdulmohsen Al-Duwaisan, where we're holding each other accountable for the goals we want to achieve.
Today I shared with him my thoughts about prioritizing habits: i.e. what habits I choose to work on first. The 3 main ideas that have influenced me when it comes to habits are:
1) Keystone habits: These are habits that make developing other habits easier. Exercise, good sleep, eating healthy food, and meditation are good examples, since they impact how we feel, our levels of energy, and they support lifestyle changes beyond the habits themselves
2) Stupid small habits: One of the biggest challenges we have with habits is the resistance we experience starting the habit, especially when the habit seems challenging or we lack the motivation to do it. Making our target stupid small (do 10 wall push-ups vs exercise for half an hour) removes the resistance and allows us to show up to the habit. And once we show up, we are more likely to do more than the low threshold we set for ourselves
3) T.E.A. habits: T.E.A. stands for the 3 variables we want our new habits to increase:
T for Time: What habits will help you save time or make more time for what matters to you in life. Example: Don't watch TV (or limit it to 1 hour)
E for Energy: What habits will give you more energy. This includes exercise and good sleep
A for Attention: What are you directing your attention towards? How can you free up attention from the mundane towards the more meaningful. This can include avoiding social media, putting your phone a distance away from you, or not giving other people's behavior too much of your attention
Abdulmohsen and I also discussed creating info products, why a book outline matters (plus why and how to use PowerPoint to create a book outline), and more!
Check out the episode here, and I'd love to know what you think: #12weeks: The First Update.