Tip 20: Create Habits

by Annie

in Fall Into Productivity

Image of park benches surrounded by bright orange autumn leaves and a text overlay reading "#20 - Create habits"

This is a post in Pajama Productivity’s first (hopefully) annual “Fall Into Productivity” month. (Clever wordplay, right? The llamas came up with that.) All month long in October 2016, we’ll be publishing lovely autumnal graphics with a fresh productivity tip each and every day. You can catch all the fall fun right here on the PJP blog, on our PJP Facebook page, or on Twitter @pjproductivity – use the #FallIntoProductivity hashtag to find all posts.

Whoopsie! Today’s Fall Into Productivity post is gettin’ published a wee bit late in the day,

Wanna know why that is?

Well, in a word or ten, I got out of the habit of posting here regularly. (Ha! Ten exactly.)

(Also, how ’bout that segue!)

(ED. NOTE: Annie, you have GOT to stop with the parentheticals, for the love of footed PJs. ~Frank the Llama)

(WHAT WAS THAT, HUH?! ~ Annie)

(ED. NOTE: oh for the love of… ~FTL.)

Sooooo … yeah, habit. Got out of it.

And part of why I decided to do this month-long event – well, to be honest, I just really, really love autumn. But the other part is because I knew it’d help me … drumroll, ’cause here comes the theme! … create better habits. 

Willpower is meaningless. You have a limited supply of it, and it’s apparently a finite resource so the more you use in one area, the less you have available for another.

Habits, though … habits don’t let you down. Habits put you on autopilot, and lessen the amount of effort and sheer white-knuckling you’ll have to do to get a project completed or a goal reached.

One of the best resources I’ve ever read for creating better habits is Charles Duhigg’s The Power of HabitIt’s the best, simplest, and most practical breakdown of how habits get formed (and broken) and how to create better ones that I’ve ever read.


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