Keystone Habits Tue, May 10, 2016
I've recently become semi-obsessed with habits - creating good ones, getting rid of bad ones and, most importantly, being consistent with building positive ones. My mom has woken up at 4:30am, had two pieces of toast with peanut butter, watched the 5:00am news and been at the gym by 6:00am just about every single morning since I've been alive. She is the epitome of a creature of habit. I am not. For so long I fought routined habits, but I'm now realizing just how important they are - for productivity, for creativity, for health, for sanity, and the list goes on.
Perhaps the most important type, though, are keystone habits. In his book, The Power Of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains exactly why these kind are of the watershed variety. The power in keystone habits is that they're different from others because they create a chain reaction once they're formed. For instance, creating a habit of working out every day will likely lead to better eating habits, which is shown to create better sleeping habits, which will probably make you more productive at work.
Keystone habits influence how we work, eat, play, live, spend and communicate and they start a process that, over time, transforms everything. They are the ground from which other habits grow, and they lay the foundation for rearranging and reordering the other priorities and habits in our lives. Navy Seals are taught to make their bed every morning because it will create a chain reaction of positive habits and a productive mindset for the rest of the day.
Sometimes all it takes is one change or a renewed emphasis in one area to change everything.