Not all habits are created equal.
Not all habits are created equal. The best habits to start with are proven “keystone habits.” The idea of keystone habits comes from Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit.” These are ones that create a domino effect by causing you to make more habits. To learn more about habits read this post on how habits work.
The following are proven keystone habits.
Keep a food log. One of the best ways to start losing weight is to simply keep track of what you eat. Carry a notebook with you and write down in it every time you eat something.
Walk 10,000 steps a day. If you want to start exercising, get a pedometer or fitness tracker and walk 10,000 steps a day. Go for a 20 minute walk after every meal and you will be 8,000 steps closer to your goal.
Meditate. Meditation is a great first habit for any goal. It builds the mind muscle and helps you worry less and focus more. Even 5 minutes a day has been shown to have a benefit. Start meditating before you get out of bed each morning.
Keep a gratitude journal. Set a reminder for 8.00pm every night and write down 3 things you are grateful for. This practice has been scientifically proven to increase happiness.
As you think about the next change you want to make, you would do well to start with one of these keystone habits.