TAP In with Tristan : Build New Habits By Habit Stacking

Tristan discusses a method to help you develop new habits. Habit stacking can be a great tool to use in the workplace to learn a new skill or improve your time management. Test it out and see how it goes for you!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about a method to help you develop new habits.

Have you ever tried to start doing something new but had difficulty sticking to it? Maybe you want to read more, go to the gym, take some classes, or even begin searching for a job. Well, habit stacking is a methodology that can help you create new habits incrementally. Habit stacking is the idea that you can create a new habit by piggybacking off an already established habit. This behavioral science strategy helps you make strong connections in an effort to pick up that new habit. Lets talk about how it works.

First, choose one new habit to focus on at a time. When you settle on the habit you want to focus on, you can figure out the time that makes sense to work on the new habit. For example, if you’re looking to learn a new skill online, it might make the most sense to do that over your lunch or in the morning over coffee.

Next, leverage a well-established habit as an anchor. Things like your morning routine, morning coffee, eating lunch at noon, or even taking the dog out are all habits. To habit stack, pick an anchor habit like those, that is well established and tie your new habit to the old one.

Lastly, you want to start small. If you’re looking to learn a skill, start with 5 minutes of learning a day or take a course for as long as it takes you to eat a meal. The idea is that you want to create small successes to reinforce the new habit.

Habit stacking can be a great tool to use in the workplace to learn a new skill or improve your time management. Test it out and see how it goes for you!

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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