It can be a rough road when trying to find ways to form new habits and actually stick to them, but the process can be made easier if you know how your brain works when creating them. A lot of times it feels like a habit sticks because of blind luck, but there are a lot of outside factors that help you either stay on track with it or get derailed. Using science, you can manipulate those factors to increase your chances in succeeding what you’ve made up your mind to do.
Creating a habit doesn’t need to just be about repetition and hoping you have the willpower to continue at it for the rest of your life. Armed with a few tricks brought to you by science, you can make the whole ordeal easier — and more successful. Don’t believe me? Some tricks include things like not fighting old habits, but altering pieces of them (how easy does that sound?) or forcing yourself to stick with your running routine by just leaving your running shoes by your bedroom door. It almost sounds like magic. Here are six scientifically proven habit-forming tips — use them and gain the power to finally kick that messy streak or get into a groove with the gym. Whatever your goal, it’s totally attainable.