Building A Habit Is Not About Quality But Continuity And Repetition
When building a habit, the most important thing is continuity and repetition.
It is not about the quality. Not even about the time. It is all about the continuity and repetition.
When you go to the gym, more important than working out for an hour and a half each time, as all fitness magazines suggest, is to work out continuously. In scheduled days again. And again.
It is not important whether you practise 20 or 40 minutes for the first few weeks. The only important thing is doing it regularly and return again. And again.
It is better to start with 20 minutes and expand it to 60 minutes later than burning out in the first few weeks.
The same applies to any activities you want to add to your life. Even cleaning teeth every evening should go over the same ritual.
Everyone knows cleaning your teeth for two minutes is the optimal time. At least dentists say so.
However, more important than starting with 2 minutes every day, is far more important to start and do it regularly for at least 6-8 weeks. Every day. Again and again.
Research show people build a habit in 7 weeks.
After 7 weeks of continuous activity, once the routine is engraved into your soul, you can start with adjustments.
In a gym, you can do more sets or more repetitions, spend more time relaxing and so forth.
When cleaning the teeth you can do it more thoroughly and even start to floss.
You built a habit.
Now you can step up the game and get better at it.