This year, like many of you, I set out to create a few new habits in my life. You know what it's like: those things we do, the routines and structures that shape our days—our habits are patterns of learned behavior that are so second nature to us, we don’t even think about them.
“Out with the old and in with the new!” we say, as if it were that easy. But what does it really take to form a new habit?
According to Charles Duhigg, former New York Times reporter and author of the book, The Power of Habit, every habit has a cycle or loop:
The routine (the thing we find ourselves doing automatically)
The reward we get from that activity
The cue or trigger that starts the cycle