Creating a Habit: The Components of a Habit and How to Create Them

Creating good habits just takes a little planning, but it’s doable.

  1. Cue: Make it obvious. Place the book you’d like to read in a place where you’d normally sit down. If you sit on the living room sofa, place the book there.
  2. Craving: Make it attractive. Make it a game. Get on a reading streak. You restart the count every time you don’t read.
  3. Response: Make it easy to read. Set a timer for 25 minutes. All you have to do is sit there for that time and read. Or not. But you can’t do anything else.
  4. Reward: Place some “play” on the other side of the reading session.

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