At a recent staff meeting, as so often happens, the topic turned to books - what we are reading,
what we are learning, and how we can apply it in our own lives but also here at Synergy.
Atomic Habits by James Clear was discussed as a resourceful guide on how to alter your habits for the better,
by rewarding your good ones and creating tension for your bad ones.
Clear emphasizes the importance of sustainable habits using the Four Laws of Behavior Change:
Make it Obvious
Make it Attractive
Make it Easy
Make it Satisfying
Environmental design: make good habits easier; make good habits harder
Habit stacking: pairing a new habit with an old one
e.g. “After I pour my coffee, I will meditate for one minute”
Temptation bundling: pair an action you want to do with an action you have to do
e.g. “As I do my grocery shopping, I will listen to an audiobook”
Create a low-friction environment for good habits (make them easier)
e.g. "I will pack my gym bag and put it by the door the night before"
Atomic Habits will help you better recognize and design around your habits. You should read it.