Establishing habits that work for you

Today, I wanted to share with you some resources that I’ve been diving into lately that you may find a lot of value in.

For instance, I recently finished the book “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon where the main thesis is to share like an artist. 

It was a great read that really encourages you to share what you learn with others in the hopes of spreading knowledge and inspiration. 

So with that in mind, I want to share with you some of my research on the topic of goals (outcomes) and systems (processes) that I’ve personally found really helpful. 

The topic of goals and systems has been explored and explained in many books such as Grit by Angela Duckworth PhD, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephan Covey, Irresistible by Adam Alter, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, and Make Your Bed by Admiral William McRaven (all great reads by the way).

However, one of my favorite books that I keep coming back to is Atomic Habits by James Clear

As James Clear mentions in his book, “A habit must be established before it can be improved. Instead of trying to engineer a perfect habit from the start, do the easy thing on a more consistent basis. You have to standardize before you can optimize.”

One effective way to do this is the 2-Minute Rule.

The great thing about this technique is that it can be used on all kinds of goals and by extension, habits. 

Using the 2-minute rule, you can start breaking down larger goals into smaller tasks that can be easily done on a regular basis.

  • Want to run a marathon? Put on your running shoes.
  • Want to read 100 books a year? Read one page.
  • Want to increase your strength? Do one pushup.
  • Want to learn a new language? Learn one new word or sign.
  • Want to write a book? Write one sentence.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one page, one push-up, or one sentence… the point of the exercise is mastering the art of showing up and building consistency

Plus it can be much more motivating because every time you show up and do the thing, it feels like a win.

So, if you have a specific goal in mind, the next step you can take is to break it down into something easy you can do on a daily basis. 

Here is a quick challenge for you: Take one of your goals and break it down into a process you can do every day. 

Feel free to let me know what you come up with! 

In the spirit of sharing, here are some other things I have been enjoying recently that you may like as well. 

🎧 Podcast: The Peter Attia Dive: James Clear Building & Changing Habits
🎥 Video: Advantages of creating systems and not just setting goals
📘 Book: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratty MD
Quote: “Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.” – Author Alain de Botton

4 thoughts on “Establishing habits that work for you”

  1. As we’ve talked about, I’m reading Atomic Habits now and am a big fan. It’s helping me reach my health and writing goals. Great blog sharing the valuable information you’re learning about establishing good habits!

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