The power of Keystone Habits
Charles Duhigg, author of "The Power of Habit ," calls these "keystone habits." They are habits that automatically lead to multiple positive behaviors and positive effects in your life. For example, regular exercise often goes hand-in-hand with better eating habits.
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Identify the items you use routinely and keep those item with a hand’s reach.
Everything else should go into the trash, a drawer or some other space on your desk.
The cleaning process also prepares your mind for the next task at hand.
The morning is the time of day that your willpower and energy is at an all day high. Starting early, reduce distractions from other people and allow you to focus on your most important task of the day.
The power of a Morning Routine is that your day start proactively rather than reactively.
A Daytime Routine allows you to stay focused on most productive items.
An Evening Routine allows you to wind down effectively and reflect before switching off for a well deserved rest.
A routine offers a framework to attach other habits to.
Be warned the following are negative Keystone habits and should be avoided:
As Duhigg writes, "Families who habitually eat dinner together seem to raise children with better homework skills, higher grades, greater emotional control, and more confidence."
This offer an valuable oppertunity to renew contact with family / friends and add balance to your life.
Research has shown that those who consistently get high-quality deep sleep tend to be more productive during the day.
Sleeping enough consistently improves:
The Keystone habits exersize, meditation and planning (before you go to bed ) with a consistent bed time wil increase sleep quality.
According to study by Sara Lazar from Harvard University it improve the density of gray matter in the following areas of the brain.
A mountain of research shows that professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority
The Loop Habit Tracker app on Android is an easy way to track, measure and follow progress on habits and routines.
To make habits stick it is important to start small and not to implement too many changes at the same time.
For help on implementing: Search for and read the Deepstash "personal habits: how to make good habits stick."
A study in the British Journal of Health Psychology showed that creating an implementation intention increases the success rate of following through with an activity from 34% to 91%.
Planning helps to prioritize tasks and allocate time for thier completion.
A plan also offer a starting point to return to after a distraction.
Help to monitor and reflect in order to keep your other habits in place.
Exersize 3 times a week for 20 minutes to see this improve.
Exersize is only difficult at first, once you reach a basic level of fitness it can become addictive and self-sustaining.
A keystone is the wedge-shaped stone at the apex of a masonry arch. It is the final piece placed during construction and locks all the stones into position, allowing the arch or vault to bear weight.
Similarly a Keystone Habit will help to lock the other habits in place.
To make any habit stick in the long-term (keystone or not), do it regularly.
The more often you do the habit, the more you'll get used to it, and eventually, you'll do it without thinking—the definition of a habit.
These are the habits that, once implemented, have a positive impact on many other facets of your life.
Their effect is similar to a domino: all you need to do is perform this one habit and you’ll see the benefits ripple out.
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