Habits – Why we love it!

Habits – don’t we just love them? Fundamentally, it’s considered to be the most boring course of action you take in your daily routine. But that’s exactly the point, in the article Mastering Boring Fundamentals written by James Stuber.

He expresses that our boring fundamentals (BF) include:

  1. Sleeping 8 hour a night
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Reading books
  4. Practicing learning
  5. Eating healthy

Being consistent with our own boring fundamentals can help us advance in any endeavours we set our mind to. However, the repetitive nature of practicing our boring fundamentals can be tedious and mundane. It disconnects you from the positive outlook you had about that goal, which evidently results in a plateau.

So, how do we overcome such plateau? It’s important to realise that having a (right-off) day or taking time out to recuperate from the rigours of being consistent is acceptable. But, having the right mind set and building a system around your boring fundamentals can help you improve each day. More about systematising in next week’s blog. So if you guys have any boring fundamentals, let me know in the comments below.


What to systematise?

Building on from my last week’s blog post, I think this wraps up why establishing successful habits could eventually lead to an automatic system.

  1. Things we tend to systematise in our life:
    1. Paying bills
    2. Working and studying procedure
    3. Sleeping pattern
    4. Following dietary or exercise program
    5. Daily planning

I can probably add a lot more to this list. However, by automating the boring stuff we free ourselves to focus on work that’s truly important to us.

Recommendation to help implement systems in your life:

  • Creating a list of most important tasks and carry them out in a single day (batching)
  • Track your habits – often now a lot of apps have been developed to implement such tracking systems such as Habitica.
  • Setup a morning routine system – a system that provides that essential win for the day.
  • Setup a night routine system
  • Putting all your appointments on the calendar
  • Plan your meals for the week
  • store your digital information on (Notion)
  • Automate your bills, credit card payments, savings

This basic idea of systematising doesn’t need to be overly complicated. When implementing a new system which has been optimised through trial and error – look to find another area to systematise. So if you guys have your boring fundamentals set up as system share in the comments below. I would very much like to learn anything new that I can use to hone my currents systems.