When building a habit, don't skip twice in a row

March 8, 2020

Struggling to make something a habit?

Here’s the decision rule I use:

I allow myself to miss one occurrence, but not two in a row.

For example, I intend to meditate daily. From time to time I miss a meditation session. No biggie—but then I will meditate first thing after breakfast the next day.

Similarly, if you want to make the weekly review a habit and you didn’t get to it last week, then take the attitude that you must do it this week.

Don’t beat yourself up for missing one occurrence; just don’t miss two in a row.

P.S. If you are prone to beating yourself up, read Steve Pavlina’s article on the topic.