Harness the Power of Micro-Habits for Lasting Change
Though many professionals have returned to work, there still are many that have not. Combine that reality with ongoing summer heat waves and long weekends, it can almost feel like a false start.
Whether you have intentionally set out to practice new personal wellbeing habits, exploring new pathways with your professional team or reengaging in healthy behaviours that you once did before, this “false start” can be disruptive.
Embarking on a journey to cultivate new habits may seem daunting, but scientific evidence suggests that the power lies in the small, consistent steps we take—micro-habits. Here's how you can leverage the science of habit formation for positive and lasting change:
Understand the Habit Loop
Habit formation often follows a loop—cue, routine, reward. Identify the cues that trigger your current habits and explore how to introduce new, positive routines into this loop.
Micro-habits are tiny, manageable actions that take just a few minutes to complete. Begin with a micro-habit that aligns with your broader goal. For instance, if your goal is to exercise regularly, start with a micro-habit like doing one minute of stretching each morning.
Attach to Existing Habits
Pair your new micro-habit with an existing routine or habit. This takes advantage of the brain's neural pathways associated with established behaviours, making it easier to integrate the new habit seamlessly.
Research in behavioural science emphasises the effectiveness of breaking down larger goals into manageable, bite-sized actions. Micro-habits leverage the brain's neuroplasticity, making it more amenable to change through consistent, small actions.
By incorporating these evidence-based strategies into your approach, you can harness the science of habit formation, making positive micro-changes that pave the way for lasting habits and improved overall wellbeing.