I’m about halfway through the audiobook version of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business. The book is all about the science of habit. The main premise is that if you understand the habit mechanism, you can hack it to expand your good habits and reduce your bad habits.
At the halfway point of the book, I’m all in. The premise and evidence in the book are sound, but even as I examine my own habits (good and bad) I can see the process working.
A fraction of the book involves the mechanism itself, and the rest is about the science behind it and successful applications. It all seems reasonable to me and I not only want to apply it to my own life, I would like to teach this to my kids. That may be another post for another day.
How To Build A Habit
The flow chart below is a summary of the key idea in the book – the steps that you can take to build a habit. There are three parts, the cue, the routine, and the reward. Map this out correctly and you can hack into some powerful psychology that can change your life.
Here is how the process works:
I like this idea because it can be used for anything from healthy living, to finance, to relationships. The book covers building habits with individuals as well as teams so organizational habits are also in scope.
At the time of this writing, we are in December which is prime time for new years resolutions. My first application for this idea: improvement of my diet and exercise in 2015 over 2014.
About the Book: The Power of Habit
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business: At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.