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Turning habits into routines

Turning habits into routines

In the end, it boils down to the classic habit loop.

  1. Cue: choose a trigger to tell your brain to start the routine you want to turn into a habit.
  2. Routine: execute the routine, ideally starting with a small, actionable chunk. Don’t go for an overly ambitious new routine from the get go.
  3. Reward: do something enjoyable, which will tell your brain that this particular habit loop is worth remembering for the future.

How to create rituals

Applying mindfulness to daily routines is a great way to create rituals for yourself.

  • Showering can become an opportunity to become mindful of your body and its connection to your mind. F
  • Research shows that mindful eating can indeed improve the flavour of your food, making you feel more satisfied.
  • Even cleaning the house can be used as a way to become more aware of your body movements and sensations in your muscles and joints.

What is the difference between habits and routines?

The main difference between habits and routines is how much aware and intentional you are. A habit usually manifests itself as an automatic urge to do something, often triggered by a particular cue. The stronger the connection between the trigger and the habit, the more ingrained the habit.

Both habits and routines are regular and repeated actions, but habits happen with little or no conscious thought, whereas routines require a higher degree of intention and effort.

From routine to ritual

From routine to ritual

The difference between a routine and a ritual is the attitude behind the action. While routines can be actions that just need to be done—such as making your bed or taking a shower—rituals are viewed as more meaningful practices which have a real sense of purpose.

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CURATOR'S NOTE

As much as we wish for each day to be different, the cycle of repeating the same actions day after day is pretty common. Habits and routines are an important part of our lives. Making your bed in the morning, that first cup of coffee, grabbing a croissant on your way to work, listening to your favourite podcast on the train.And while we tend to use the words “habit” and “routine” interchangeably, they both mean two distinct things. Understanding their definitions can help you design good routines and build good habits.