The difference between habits, routines and rituals
- URL: https://nesslabs.com/habits-routines-rituals
- Author: Anne-Laure Le Cunff
- Publisher: Ness Labs
- Published Date: 2019-08-01
- “habit” and “routine” interchangeably, they both mean two distinct things.
- main difference between habits and routines is how much aware and intentional you are.
- A habit usually manifests itself as an automatic urge to do something, often triggered by a particular cue.
- The stronger the connection between the trigger and the habit, the more ingrained the habit.
- routines require deliberate practice.
- going for a hike every Sunday, meditating are all routines that require to keep on consciously practicing them or they eventually die out.
- conscious thought, whereas routines require a higher degree of intention and effort.
- routines can turn into habits, but it is not an automatic, unconscious process.
- original The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
- Reward: do something enjoyable, which will tell your brain that this particular habit loop is worth remembering for the future.
- make it slightly easier to go from cue to routine and build a lasting habit loop.
- habit stacking:
- baby steps by anchoring a new tiny habit to an existing one.
- From routine to ritual
- The difference between a routine and a ritual is the attitude behind the action.
- shower—rituals are viewed as more meaningful practices which have a real sense of purpose.
- With rituals, you are fully engaged with a focus on the experience of the task, rather than its mere completion.
- Applying mindfulness to daily routines is a great way to create rituals for yourself.
- One of my favourite rituals is journaling. It’s one of the cornerstones of my mental gym.
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