How adopting “Keystone Habits” could unlock your potential
This is a time of year that’s synonymous with change and progress. January gives us a chance to hit reset on habits that have previously held us back, and helps us develop more productive practices for the year ahead. Providing a solid foundation for other routines to grow from, keystone habits – a phrase coined by Pulitzer-prize winning author Charles Duhigg in his 2012 book The Power Of Habit (Random House, £7.19) – are simple goals that can spark a chain reaction of productivity.
Try… Making your bed every morning, rather than just throwing back the duvet, as it could be the gateway to a more productive day. This is supported by the findings of a Best Mattress Brand 2019 study, which revealed almost three-quarters of daily bed-makers surveyed felt a sense of accomplishment, compared to just half of non-makers. Ritualising a keystone habit will leave us more inclined to adopt healthy practices, such as exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. Taking a moment each morning to straighten our sheets could be the master key for control that we could all benefit from this year.