Focus on the environment of the habit.
A cue initiates every habit. We are more likely to notice cues that quickly stand-out in our environment.
Small changes in our environment can promote large changes in our behavior over time.
How will you make the cues of good habits obvious in your environment?
Bit by bit, our habits become associated with the environment (or context) surrounding the behavior not with a single trigger. The context becomes the cue.
It can be easier to create new habits in a new environment because we are not fighting against old cues.
It can be easier to create new habits in a stable environment where everything has a place and purpose.
What is one small change to your environment that can make the cues of your desired habits more obvious?
To remember to take your medication each night, place your pill bottle directly next to the faucet on the bathroom counter.
If you want to use your stationary bike, treadmill, or elliptical more frequently, place it in a room you spend much of your day.
If you want to remember to write thank-you notes, keep a stack of stationary on your desk.
If you want to drink more water, fill up a few water bottles each morning and place each bottle at a common location around your home.
Clear, J. (2018). Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. New York, NY: Penguin Random House, LLC.