The Benefits of a Routine & Habit-Filled Day

Have you noticed that it gets harder to make decisions toward the end of the day? You’re too tired to figure out what to have for dinner or even too tired to decide what to watch on TV! That’s because we all have a limited amount of decisions that we can make in any given day. Our focused attention, literally, gets spent. Knowing this helps us prioritize. We can cut out a lot of decision making by implementing habits and routines. That way we save them for the important stuff. It also frees brain space (RAM in your ‘necktop computer!) for more creative and productive thinking. Routines are a great tool that simplify our lives and cut out a lot of our daily stress. Chances are you already hav

How Long Does It Really Take To Create A New Habit?

They say it takes 21 days to create a new habit. That’s kind of a weird idea though, isn’t it? It doesn’t take that long to form a bad habit. And sometimes no matter how hard we try, it seems to take us a lot longer to form a new habit. So how long does it really take to create a new habit? The answer is that it depends. It depends on your mindset and it depends on how big of a change it is from what you are doing now; from where you are now to where you want to be. If it is your habit to eat a bowl of ice cream at night and you switch from regular ice cream to a low sugar frozen yogurt version, it’s probably not going to take you very long to make that new habit. Giving up ice cream altoge

The Inverse Relationship Between Habits and Willpower

Habits...and...Willpower It’s hard to keep up willpower for any length of time. Yes, we can stick to a low-fat 1,000 calorie diet and go hungry for a week or two, but eventually our willpower fades. And yes, we can do exercise we hate for a while... until we run out of willpower. But what about getting up to take the kids to school every morning, brushing our teeth or going to work every day. Those may not be our favorite things to do either, but we do them daily without the risk of running out of willpower. That’s because they have become habits. They are so ingrained in what we do and who we are that we do them without even considering skipping a day or a week. We don’t have to make a cons

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