Once a routine becomes habit it requires less brain power to complete, reducing the willpower and decisions required, allowing energy to go towards other tasks.
The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg. This book looks at some of the scientific research into habits as well as real world examples. Main ideas to take away are the need to understand the habit loop, being aware of the cue, the routine and the reward involved in our habitual responses.
Minihabits: Smaller, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise. The main idea is that mini habits require less willpower to turn into an automatic habit, they are so easy it would be silly not to do it. Don't break the chain of days completed (although I'm going to have Sundays off). This system is flexible as I can do as much as I want but just completing the mini-habit is counted as success.
So I've picked four areas for improvement and associated mini goals.
- Better habits - check my mini-habits off.
- Improve time and distance running, plus core, flexibility and strength - put on my sneakers.
- Read more non-fiction - read 2 pages of non-fiction book.
- Complete half-finished photo books - Work for 2mins on a photo book.