Creating a good habit

We all have a bad habit or two, but we also have plenty of good habits. We brush our teeth every morning, remember to feed the dog and show up at work on time.

If you want to join our plan to make one change before Thanksgiving, which we discussed in our last blog post, you have time to create a good habit.

At a Weight Watchers meeting recently, I was reminded of the steps to making a better habit. The Weight Watchers Weekly for September 9-15, 2012, suggests:

* Identify the cue. Do you automatically grab a donut with your morning coffee?

* Determine the reward. Do the coffee and donut give you a few minutes to switch gears? Do you need a few minutes of quiet time before you begin a busy day?

* Insert a new routine. Could you spend a few minutes reading or talking to a colleague while you drink your coffee—and then eat something healthy, such as a piece of fruit?

We’ll talk more about habits. This article about habits inspired me to read a book that’s been sitting on my shelf. The book is The Power of Habit—Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.


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One Response to “Creating a good habit”

  1. Mary Hunter October 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Those are good suggestions from weight watchers. Especially looking for the cues. Often we don’t even know the cues for our behavior or sometimes we think we know the cue, but are wrong.


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