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  1. This was great! Never thought of doing this before. Read it out loud to my partner… He also likes the mantra “if it takes less than 10 seconds do it immediately” rule to live by XD

    1. Once I started the whole ten second rule, I couldn’t believe how many tiny tasks I was brushing off till some undetermined later point. I used to look at something small like picking a sock off the floor and tossing it in the hamper and think “nah, I’ll get it some other time.” Now I just take a second and pick up the dang sock, and those small actions go such a long way!

  2. Hi Shelby
    I love all your great tips. I already do the gym tip and for my affirmations, I have a pocket size traveler notebook that sits next to my laptop daily and I write a positive quote or uplifting scripture that my pastor send out daily. That really helps me get my day started in a positive frame of mind.

    1. That is a great idea, Tabatha! It sounds like you are rocking some very positive habits, well done!

  3. Thanks for sharing this concept! I have done this without conscious decision in the past, but will definitely deliberate about it when implementing my next new habit – need to get better about my daily walks. Great post!

  4. Hi Shelby,
    Thank you for this brilliant tip. I always have trouble remembering to do the new things I want to add to my routine and a lot of the time checking my diary is not practical when in the swing of things. I’m going to give this a try.

  5. Jillian Olson says:

    Thank you! This article was very helpful. Especially over the summer, I am trying to find a convenient time during the day to exercise, and I loved the tip about watching your tv shows at the gym. I’ll have to try it out!

  6. The ‘habit marriage hack’ is also known as habit stacking and can definitely be helpful in forming good habits.
    A couple of other methods I use include focusing on the movement rather than trying to find the motivation. Habits are a result of easy actions, so focusing on building the movement (or muscle memory) can make the transition into a habit much easier. It gives the body the opportunity to lead the brain (as the brain can often be resistant).
    The other method, which is relevant to flossing, is to consider the extra benefits the habit will provide and use that as a source of motivation. For example, flossing is good for heart health, but the heart can’t floss for itself, it needs help. Flossing for my heart rather than just for my oral health encourages me to make the effort. Afterall, what could be more important than a healthy heart?

    1. I really like the idea of focusing on the extra benefits of developing a new habit. It can be so hard to find intrinsic motivation for developing a better lifestyle, and focusing on the long term health benefits seems like a great way to find some. Thank you for your great comment!

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