If you want to add a new habit to your day-to-day life, it’s worth taking the time to reflect on how you picked up your current habits—and whether you can use the same skills to incorporate another habit or behaviour into your routine.
The days of resolution setting are days of big dreams. You’re going to have a good year, a great January. You’ll finally pick up that exercise habit, or write that book, or clean your house—any of which are possible, once you decide what other thing has to give.
If you want to stick to your New Year’s Resolution or any new habit, don’t hinge it on a single behaviour. Instead, come up with as many different behaviours as you can think of—or what Stanford social behavioural scientist BJ Fogg calls a “Swarm of Bs.”