Updated: Aug 27, 2021
It takes 21 days to form a habit.
Habits are not created by themselves; they take time and repetition to form.
For your mind, bad and good habits are the same: they have become automatic, giving your conscious brain space to deal with other things in life. For your brain to form new neurological circuits and for it to become stored in your amygdala, the harddrive of your brain, you need to perform the same task over and over again. This is the moment that a habit is formed and you do things on ‘automatic pilot’, which doesn’t take any conscious effort anymore.
If you understand this, you can choose to become conscious of the unconscious and become the driver of your own behaviour. And although it is not always easy to override old programs that have been hardwired in your brain, it is enough to know that it is possible.
The problem with a lot of people is that they stop before a new desirable habit has been created, while the creation of a new habit needs conscious will, conscious effort and conscious action, for at least 21 consecutive days. The beauty is that if you understand this principle, you understand why it is so important to see it through. Consistency is key.
This is why I have designed the below habit tracker sheet as the perfect start to do so. Want to start a new routine? Download the below sheet and get started!
If you want some inspiration before starting your journey, read the following books:
Atomic Habits, Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results, by James Clear
The Power of Habits, by Charles Duhigg
The Miracle Morning, the 6 habits that will transform your life before 8am, by Hal Elrod