Day 10: Timing Events for Habit Formation
Today, I woke up and weighed myself. Weight is: 83.9Kg. Yesterday I consumed 240 calories below my BMR and did 380 calories of exercise above my BMR. Total deficit is 620 calories.
I mentioned in a previous blog post about how timing created issues with getting things done. Habits rely heavily on timing. Both from a trigger point of view and from a formation point of view.
Trigger events can happen any time of day and for various reasons. If you are trying to change a habit that is triggered by an event, you need to try and understand the timing of the event: When did it occur, what were you doing, where were you, and what did you do right after the event. Once you are conscious of these factors, then you can begin to change the habit, and the change happens by immediately reacting after the trigger event.
Timing for habit formation is different. You need to pick a time of day that is convenient for the habit to form. For example, you want to do some exercise. When do you have a free time slot? This can be when you wake up, or at lunch time, or right after work, or sometime in the evening. This is completely dependent on you and your life. Can you actually make the time in that slot? You can say you want to get up early and exercise, but does it actually work? It may not, so you need to switch to a different time. The key is to experiment until you find a time slot that works for you. What happens once you find that time slot is, what you were doing prior to that time slot becomes the trigger for the new habit.