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On Strategizing Habits


At our very core, we’re creatures of habit. Settling into routines is what we do, it’s how we stay sane. We figure out what works and we do it, over and over and over again, day in, day out. I’m painting a really bleak picture, aren’t I? Well, it depends on how you look at it.


I view the daily routines I have established for myself as the no-brainer moments in my day. The things I get done quickly and easily allow me to channel my energy into the tasks of my day that are more fulfilling and require more attention (work, time with my kids, side projects).


The simplest way to think about applying this life strategy is through strategizing breakfast. Pick two healthful things you like to eat - for example, I might choose 1) half of an English muffin loaded with almond butter and sliced banana, and 2) plain greek yogurt with a few walnuts and blueberries. Now try simply picking between these two healthy favorites every morning.


Seems like a small thing, but tremendous comfort, stability, and peace comes with curating your options down to two great ones. You’ll save precious morning time, reduce your stress, and start each day on the right foot because you’ve built a habit around two foods you love. Plus your waistline will continue to shrink by eliminating food guesswork that leads to grabbing packaged or restaurant options which are almost always higher in sodium and sugar. All that just from simplifying breakfast! Think what could happen if you applied this strategy to the rest of your meals 😉