October 01, 2015

Beginning at the Beginning with Good Habits for a Simpler Life

I am a research minded person if you have not figured that out yet.  I love to learn through reading and research when I feel I am ready to embark upon something new in my life.  Over the past few years I have been contemplating the power of habits in our lives.  I have only just recently begun to really dive in and read more about them, though.  When starting something new I begin at the beginning.  So let's start with a good working definition.

What is a habit?

The Merriam/Webster Online Dictionary defines it for us as follows...

:a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way

Habits can be positive and negative.  For me, the goal is to diminish the negative habits and replace them with positive habits.  Good habits can take a great deal of stress out of our days when utilized effectively.

Self Improvement Mentor. com adds this...  In simple terms, it is a behavior or a set of behaviors that you do automatically, without thinking and consciously intending.

Make or Break Habits gives us this...  Habits are routine behaviours done on a regular basis. They are recurrent and often unconscious patterns of behaviour and are acquired through frequent repetition. Many of these are unconscious as we don’t even realise we are doing them.

Books on habits

I have read two of the four I have listed here.  I know there are many more but these are the ones I will be using as reference for much of what I will be writing.

I will be reading this book throughout the month as I write the series.

The Jesus Habits by Jay Dennis - 
this one is currently on my Kindle ($.99 but subject to change on a whim) and will be read during October as well.

Take a look at Duhigg's research thinking process as he wrote this book.

Want to see more from Charles Duhigg?  Check out this video.

Meet Gretchen Rubin here as she speaks about the importance of habits.

Favorite Articles on Habits

For the month of October I will be looking at some habits research as well as evaluating and forming my own plan for building good habits in many areas of my life.  I don't want everything to be on cruise control.  I suspect, though, that if some things are on cruise control it frees up my brain to work on other things.  We will take a look at all of that as we move through the series.  

What habits do you want to develop in your own life?

What habits do you want to ditch for good?

Do you have a favorite book on habits you would not mind sharing with us?

I am glad you stopped by and hope that this series will help you to find the habits that make your life more simple and productive, too.


  1. Looking forward to reading your series!

  2. that video is brilliant! too often we beat ourselves up about bad habits without trying to understand ourselves. the truth will set you free!