How to make new habits stick
A rule to make your new habits stick.
Have you tried building daily habits before, like reading 10 pages of a book per day, but after a week or two, you missed a day and would quit altogether?
If you’ve experienced this before, here’s a helpful rule by Matt D’Avella (YouTuber with 3.5M+ subscribers creating content about minimalism & sustainable habits) that you can use next time trying to build a daily habit:
The Two-Day Rule
When trying to build a daily habit, never allow yourself to skip more than one day in a row.
And the science agrees. Quoting a study in the European Journal of Social Psychology:
"Missing one opportunity to perform the behavior did not materially affect the habit formation process.”
So, if you miss a day, don't beat yourself up about it. Just make sure to get back on track the following day. Remember, missing one day won't hurt your habit-building as long as you don't skip the next one.
This rule can be applied to the 30-for-30 framework for building habits consistently by Sahil Bloom, which I featured a few weeks ago.
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