Chapter 5 and review of habit change

I moved my coffee table and my keyboard! It's now in my way to watching TV, and so the goal was to be reminded that I want to sit at the keyboard and play, and watch a lot less TV.

I only get half marks for that. I now no longer watch TV, but I've also not played any piano. Instead I've read and done things on the computer, on my not as comfortable chair. I did watch two modules on Practical SQL Server Security, Compliance and Auditing. It was implementation of things I already knew about, so it wasn't all unknown material for me. I hope the encryption portions are of similar ease!

But, back to the original problem: For a person who talks about piano and likes piano and enjoys playing piano, why the heck am I not playing the piano? I made that habit obvious and easy to do. The TV watching now is not easy and it is not satisfying.

Atomic Habits Chapter 5 summary:

The 1st Law of Behavior Change s make it obvious.
The two most common cues are time and location.
Creating an implementation intention is a strategy you can use to pair a new habit with a specific time and location.
The implementation intention formula is: I will [BEHAVIOR] at [TIME] in [LOCATION].
Habit stacking is a strategy you can use to pair a new habit with a current habit.
The habit stacking formula is: After [CURRENT HABIT], I will [NEW HABIT].

Ok, let's try habit stacking. When I am home for dinner, immediately after I'm done putting my dishes in the dishwasher, I will play piano for 15 minutes. If I don't have a song in mind, I will play Hanon exercises. And since I've eaten dinner, it means I better get playing right now.


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