Is Repetition Enough?

I have read books and listened to several blogs that discuss methods for developing good habits. The window for repetition generally is twenty to thirty days. The thought process is that after repeated behavior changes, we either drop our old habits or develop the desired new one.

I have a task that I perform without fail every day. It is to take a daily vitamin and low dose aspirin. I can only accomplish this by using a pill box. It requires little thought or effort, the benefits are without quesiton; yet I can never remember if the pills have been taken. Question: if I can not remember if a task has been done – how can it be that it can be considered a habit?

One could propose that the answer would be to take the pills as soon as you take your first cup of coffee. And therein lies the focus of this blog. I would like to discuss two thoughts:

Repetition is not enough – triggers are the key.

Habits are shallow – disciplines are life changing.

More to come. Life is good.

About Basil

Basil has over twenty years of programming experience from a wide variety of industries including warehouse distribution, insurance, state licensing for trucking industry, and discount retail. Programming language experience has predominantly been for IBM’s AS400 platform – CL, RPG, COBOL, Queries, Managed Queries, APF, SQL, Synon, Visual Basic and C++. He obtained his masters from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in 2007.
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