How long does it take to build a healthy habit by SP
Friday, January 25, 2019
I wanted to save this article and they get lost everywhere. So I decided to put it here. I copied it from the 28 day program
The commonly held belief is that it takes 21 days to build a new habit. This has never felt right to me, so I decided to dig into this topic. It turns out this is not correct according to the latest research.
The 21-days theory was originally developed by a plastic surgeon in the 1950s who observed that it took his patients 21 days to get used to their new face. He then wrote a best-selling book about this and soon, everyone believed the theory.
Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London, led the more recent research. Her team did a controlled experiment on the time it takes for different types of activities to become a habit. They found that the average time to build a habit was 66 days. Even that number isn’t too meaningful, though, because, depending on the type of activity, the range of "days until habit" was anywhere between 18 and 254 days.
So how long does it take to build a habit. The easy answer is: It depends.
Building a Mountain of Habits
I imagine the time to build a habit depends both on the type of activity and also on the person. For example, I’d guess that people who practice building habits in all areas of life are then able to build their next habits faster and better. Similarly, people who are really good at putting in the work to build a habit also likely do it faster and better.
You might need to maintain very strong focus and discipline to build a habit, but once it’s established, you don’t need to think about it as much as it becomes more automatic. Therein lies the true benefit of a habit.
I like to visualize this as building a mountain of habits. Each time you build one habit, that habit then becomes part of who you are and how you live your life. Your habits can propel you to success or keep you from achieving greatness.
It's up to you to decide: Do you want to put in the work and establish habits that will multiply in positive ways and get you closer to your goals, or are you comfortable with daily habits that tear you down? Are you ready to build a mountain of good habits and not let bad habits tear down your mountain? "
I wonder how log it takes me to build a habit.. When I received my new bedroom furniture almost a year ago- purchased the bedroom set March 2018. I started making my bed every day (something I've never done) I was making my bed as soon as I got up. About 2 or 3 weeks ago I didn't make it one morning and haven't done it since. Takes forever to develop a habit but is it that easy to quit a habit? No wonder I don't stick to my goals.