Anchoring a new or different behavior to a current habit offers a greater chance for change. Your current habit will act as a reminder for your new behavior and before you know it, your new behavior is a habit.
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The sun down here in Florida really takes a toll on your skin. Because I’m out running and cycling, I’ve got sun damage and one of the things I’ve wanted to do as a habit is to put moisturizer on in the evening before I go to bed. But I keep my moisturizer in my drawer, it’s not visible and it’s not become a habit and 10 times I keep reminding myself to do this, and 10 times I forget and 10 times I chide myself, so here’s what I’m going to do. Rather than trying to create a new habit, I’m going to attach it to a habit that I already have, which is to put my phone on the charger. So I’m going to put the moisturizer right on top of the charger. So I literally can’t put my phone on the charger without grabbing the tube of moisturizer. And this is going to be in my hand. It’s much more likely that I’m going to put it on. I’m going to report back in four weeks (28 days) how well I did in terms of this new modification to my habit. So here’s the thing. If you want to change a habit, it’s much easier to attach or modify to an existing habit that you’re doing as opposed to trying to create some habit out of nothing, which is not associated to some sort of a trigger mechanism. I’m David Marquet. Good luck changing your habits. That’s your Leadership Nudge.