Updated: Jan 5
"Little by little, a little becomes a lot" is a quote that I've started to repeat to myself a lot lately. As a very Type A person, I want everything to be done completely right and perfect all the time. But that's not how the world works. Big changes happen slowly through good habits and consistency.
I recently finished reading "Atomic Habits" by James Clear and it's fabulous! I highly recommend it. I wanted to share one of his ideas, habit stacking, and how it's transformed by morning.
The idea of habit stacking is adding one habit to something you already do.
During the pandemic, I realized I would get woken up by young kiddos calling for me. And they continued to call and need me all day long. We started shelter-in-place in California when my daughters were newly 3 and 8 months old. After a few months I realized it wasn't working. So I started setting an alarm before they woke up. That was it. Wake up before
them and start coffee. Once that was a habit, I stacked on the habit of a gratitude journal. Wake up and start coffee same as before, except now I would write down 5 things I was grateful for. After that became a habit, I stacked on another habit, a daily devotional. This is about as far as my morning routine goes even now, months later when life is *mostly* back normal. It's nothing crazy, but it sets my mood for the day and is sustainable!
I have used this idea of habit stacking to help with evening stretching (I always skip that post run stretch!) and I stack it with my end of day tv show and with my run warmup.
Have you read Atomic Habits? What habit do you want to add to your life?