“A paper published by a Duke University researcher in 2006 found that 40% of the actions people performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits.” *
Think about it.
What was the first thing you did this morning when you woke up?
What route did you follow to work?
What did you do when you arrived?
Maybe they weren’t decisions at all. Maybe they were automatic behaviors.
If we are guided more by our habits than our decisions, we should be able to change our behavior by establishing new habits.
That’s what NYT’s reporter Charles Duhigg suggests in his new book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.
Neuroscience seems to back him up.
Establishing different habits – even little ones – teaches the brain to consider things differently and sparks creative thought.
Try this experiment.
Take a different route to work or begin a task immediately rather than grab a cup of coffee.
That little change could change everything.
* Charles Duhigg writing in The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business