The Chemistry of Building Better Habits

From James Clear:

  1. Every habit has an activation energy that is required to get started. The smaller the habit, the less energy you need to start.
  2. Catalysts lower the activation energy required to start a new habit. Optimizing your environment is the best way to do this in the real world. In the right environment, every habit is easier.
  3. Even simple habits often have intermediate steps. Eliminate the intermediate steps with the highest activation energy and your habits will be easier to accomplish.

Activation energy, environment optimization, environment design, and choice architecture are all described in the original article.

Leave a Reply