I woke up this morning, went downstairs, barely awake, and:
- ground the coffee
- started the coffee maker
- poured my coffee
- added sugar and cream
- drank it
…without even thinking about it. Can’t remember anything about it. Don’t really even remember doing it.
What else do I do on autopilot? What else is just out of sheer habit?
The book describes the formation of a habit: there’s a cue—a trigger for a particular behavior; a routine, which is the behavior itself; and a reward, which is how your brain decides whether to remember a habit for the future.
According to this book, to change a habit, like snacking, overeating, procrastinating, or <insert your unhealthy habit here>, you will be more successful if you change the routine, while the cue and reward stay the same.
I think I’ll work on my afternoon snacking habit this week…