had an interesting chat with a client this morning about habits
We have an app which tracks daily habits
Basically it gives you 3-5 tasks to do each day
Things like, take 10 mins for a morning ritual
eat all your calories
be active for at least 20 mins
When you do a task you get points
Then we have a gym leaderboard challenge - most points wins
It's fantastic and has been the best thing I've ever seen for changing human behaviour
BUT there is a problem!
Not with the app of course
with our minds
Here's the thing...
When you miss a few days of logging on the app, your mind says something like:
"ah I can't be arsed now, I'll never catch anyone else up, I quit"
First there's a big drop-off in EXECUTION, then motivation drops off too
HOW CAN WE FIX THIS?
If you've tried a new habit and it's already disappearing, here's what to do:
TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF!
don't drop the habit simply make it easier to achieve.
5 mins activity rather than 20
2 mins meditation rather than 15
2 healthy meals a day rather than 5
Then you build it up slowly until you're back on top again
Simple solution, but it's so obviously the right one
This works for me every time I drop off
And every time a client comes to me asking for help, I always scale back their plans so they can achieve it - thus building motivation and the need for a bigger challenge
Above all, know that this is normal!
Nobody is 100% 'on it' all the time.
Everybody drops off, drifts away and feels guilty
Just scale it back and build it up
Raw Strength Gym, Warrington
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