jerry bair on what I call anchoring for habits
“To make a new habit part of that automatic mind, all we really need to do is associate the new habit with one that’s already automatic. Some also call this anchoring.
This is what it may look like in practice…
- After I wake up, I will brush my teeth.
- After I workout, I will eat a healthy breakfast.
- After I make my morning coffee, I will plan my to-do list for the day.
- During my commute, I will listen to motivational audio to get in the right mindset.
Of course, none of this really works if you don’t honestly want the new habit…
Let me know if this works for you, and in the meantime…
Anchoring is a powerful tool for ADHD. You can use anything that’s repetitive as an anchor – hearing a bell, hanging up the phone, going to the bathroom, waiting at a stop light, etc etc. Your choice of the anchor largely depends on how often you want to do the action you’re working on.
We want to make habits. Then we don’t need to remember, make decisions, or rely on willpower, none of which we are very good at.
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