A habit is defined as a regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

Think back to the first two hours of your day. Much was accomplished during that time: hygiene, coffee, travel. How many specific behaviors do you remember from this block of time? For many, those hours took us from unconsciousness to being present and productive in the office or out in the field.

Do you remember brushing your teeth? Locking the front door? Backing out of the driveway? Unless something unexpected happened, you probably do not. These behaviors have become habits! You can do these things with little conscious thought, allowing your brain to conserve energy and focus on other things – the unique things that are not habits – like the paperwork you left on the kitchen table. In upcoming posts, you will occasionally see articles on positive habits and the habits of successful people. These writings will explore the “what-ifs” of potential habits – ingrained behaviors that can help not only with logistics but also with relationships.

In 2006, a researcher at Duke University observed that over 40% of our daily actions are the result of habits. There is much potential here. Let’s explore it!

All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits.

-William James, 1892