What actually is habit and how is that working? I have been wondering quite a lot what habits really are and how we could change those in case we need / want to do something differently. It's a tricky thing. We are a slaves of our own habits which we have learned by repeating some action over and over again. At some point the thing we are repeating starts to run naturally and in this point the habit has been born. The habits are everywhere. It's how you brush your teeth, drink your morning coffee, do the grocery shopping, manage your time. If you start to pay attention to how your normal day is strolling by you might pick the habits from even the most weirdest things.
Isn't it good then to have habits? Yes, sure. That is allowing us to give break to our brains and not think all the time what we are doing and why. It's letting us to survive from traffic and have enough sleep. But what is interesting in it is that if you want to change some habit you have, it's not easy. It means that you need to learn to do things differently. And that's always the hardest part when you already have a busy and buzzing life. The trick is that the habits gets old at some point. At some point you realize that there's a world full of opportunities of doing things differently, more efficient, better and to be able to enjoy those small things in your life.
And so that this text won't be only for me to try to figure out the rules about habits, I also have some examples of how to actually make your life better by changing the habits. So, as you know I'm a huge fan of coffee, like HUGE. Earlier (some years ago) I enjoyed my coffee by buying it from the grocery stores at the same time I was buying food, as many of us do. I went there, knew that we are out of coffee, tried to pick good coffee from the shelf and move on my life. I thought that this is how you get most out of the coffee without making more effort. It was a habit for me. I didn't know then that by changing this habit I could actually enjoy my everyday coffee 100% more than I was used to. By accident I saw an ad which stated that I could have freshly roasted artisan coffee straight to my mailbox. I visited their site and was hesitating if I should order or not. I thought that ordering coffee from internet is super weird and who actually does that?! I decided to give it still a change (brave me) and ordered one bag. Well the first bag arrived and I liked the service but wasn't sure about the coffee still. I though I'll continue the subscription and test another bag. By then I had changed my normal market coffee to the artisan coffee and started to realise the difference in taste. When the second bag arrived I was already hooked in taste and thought that I don't need to stick in the market coffee but can actually enjoy it much more in this way, and it's convinient as well. And by small steps I started to change my habit. By small steps I mean that everytime I went to the store I still went to coffee shelfs only to remember that I have better solution for myself already.
What is the learnings in here. Well, for me at least it is that by defining even the smallest habits you have and changing those to better / new solutions might give you so much more in the longer run and lets you enjoy your everyday life more day by day. Also I think it's important to take a break and use it by going through your habits / routines every now and then. Mostly those are valuable but there might be something you could change in order to feel freedom of your own life. 🙌🏼