Last week I had a dentist appointment for a cleaning and exam. Every time I go, when they are done, they give me a new toothbrush and some floss.
Now we all know that flossing removes plaque and prevents gum disease. Which is great except I normally don't floss, so I have quite a supply in my cabinet.
But while I was driving home, I decided I needed to start flossing regularly, a new habit.
I've learned a couple of tricks when it comes to new habits.
One, you need a trigger to attach it to, and two, start very small.
So for my trigger, I decided that when I grab the tube of tooth paste, I would also grab the floss, so both would end up in front of me on the counter.
Next, I would start with only flossing one tooth!
Now that seems pretty silly, but the idea is to make the new habit so easy, that there isn't a barrier to completing it. The goal is to make it automatic, so you don't think about it anymore.
As I progress, I can add more teeth or just dive in and do all of them. I'll let you know how this turns out.
These two tricks can be used for any new habit you want to start.
Select a new habit and give it a try!
Have a great week!